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Digital accessibility refers to designing and building inclusive technology that removes the barriers preventing people with disabilities from interacting with or accessing websites, digital tools, and technologies. Digital tools and technologies include electronic and information resources (EIR) and information and communications technology (ICT).

Terms and Definitions
Supporting Digital Diversity
Frequently Asked Questions

Scope of Digital Accessibility Compliance

An electronic and information resource (EIR) includes information and communications technology (ICT) and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment used to create, convert, duplicate, or deliver data or information. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Software applications and operating systems (procured or developed)
  • Hardware and telecommunication products (like printers or phones)
  • Documents or content (all formats), Portable Document Files (PDFs), images, and emails
  • Audio, video, and multimedia files (such as live or recorded)
  • Social media and marketing
  • Internal and external websites and mobile applications (like iOS and Android native apps)
  • Developed self-contained, closed products with digital user interface
  • Training and learning materials
  • Other assets with a digital user interface (such as visitor management kiosks)

Accessibility for all is important because it the right thing to do to create inclusive spaces for our customers and partners.

Texas A&M TEES is committed to creating accessible experiences for all people by striving to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA (excluding Guideline 1.2 Time Based Media).

Applicable Laws and Standards

The following laws and standard apply to digital accessibility:

  • Texas Government Code Chapter 2054, Subchapter M (TGC 2054.451–464)
  • Texas Government Code Chapter 551, Open Meetings Act
  • Texas Administrative Codes 206 and 213 (1 TAC 206/213)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998
    • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0, Level A and AA
    • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Final Standards and Guidelines (2017)
  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (proposed new amendment spring 2022)

Related Legislation

Other legislation that relates to digital accessibility includes:

  • Telecommunications Act of 1996, 47 U.S.C §255
  • Portable Document Files/Universal Accessibility (PDF/UA)
  • Communications and Video Accessibility Act or Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010