Ohio University

IT Accessibility Policy and Process

About the Policy 

Ohio University created this policy to align the institution with the non-discrimination provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as OHIO's commitment to inclusivity in August of 2017. 

Policy 04.001 IT Accessibility requires all purchased and created digital products and services to adhere to OHIO's digital accessibility guidelines. OHIO's guidelines are based on the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA

As of August 17th, 2017 all new IT purchases and new webpages must adhere to these new guidelines. While OIT does have a digital accessibility team to build toward this goal, the IT Accessibility policy requires all members of the Ohio University community to take ownership and responsibility for making our digital products and services useful for everyone on our campuses both physically and online. To assist with this, OIT has launched the Digital Accessibility Network for learning opportunities and to advance digital accessibility goals. 

Some of our business processes and the way we work will need to change - and that's not always an easy thing to do. As an added benefit, the WCAG 2.0 guidelines incorporate principles of usability that will benefit people regardless of their disability status. 

Purchasing Process