Accessible Technology

Web Accessibility

Cal Poly Pomona Web Accessibility Commitment

Cal Poly Pomona has a long-standing commitment to make its programs, services, and activities accessible to the university community. Cal Poly Pomona embraces this commitment in all areas, including information technology, and strives to become 100% accessible in its digital environment, which includes websites, web applications, and online content.

The university has implemented the following standards for web accessibility: World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0AA) and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA 1.0) for web content.

CSU's Approach to Web Accessibility

The CSU's approach to web accessibility and usability is driven by the following principles:

  • Technology accessibility is an institution-wide responsibility that requires commitment and involvement from leadership across the enterprise.
  • Each community member has a role and responsibility to enfold aspects of accessibility/usability into the business processes of everyday work tasks, e.g., providing accessible documents, websites, captioned videos etc.
  • Technology access for individuals with disabilities must provide comparable functionality, affordability, and timeliness delivered in as seamless a manner as possible.
  • The implementation of Universal Design principles should reduce the need for, and costs associated with, individual accommodations for inaccessible technology products.

Standards and Tools

Accessibility Standards and Evaluation Tools are key to creating and maintaining accessible websites and applications. The Accessible Documents section provides more for information for creating accessible digital content.

Web Accessibility Monitoring

Web accessibility monitoring standards ensure that all inaccessible campus websites are identified and remediated in compliance with EO1111 and WCAG 2.1. This applies to all webpages within the domain, as well as sites used to deliver University content, services and instruction. To ensure compliance, Cal Poly Pomona utilizes automated and manual testing methods to evaluate and monitor the accessibility of websites and their digital content. Refer to the campus web accessibility monitoring standard (PDF) for more information.

Benefits of Accessible Design

There are many benefits to designing a website programmed to accessibility standards, including:

  • Consistent performance in multiple browsers and devices
  • Improved search engine visibility.
  • Scalability to update content or appearance without having to redo the entire site.
  • Faster access on low bandwidth or mobile devices.

The User Experience page provides more insight regarding how people with disabilities experience and interact with the web.