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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

Web Accessibility for those with Disabilities

Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them to perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web and contribute to the Web. Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including: auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech and visual. 

MD6 Web Accessibility Project

As "Vision" is one of the main tenets of Lions International, all Colorado Lions websites should be accessible by those with vision impairments. This project is to upgrade MD6 Colorado Lions websites at the State, District and Club levels to meet the minimum standards of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) technical specifications, guidelines and techniques. These are considered international standards for web accessibility.

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

Evaluation tools help website authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities. They can identify many accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) errors and also facilitate human evaluation of web content. Below are two tools to evaluate the web accessibility of your website

Experte Accessibility Checker is's tool used to find out how accessible your entire website is. The tool crawls your site, making sure that each page can be correctly displayed by screen readers, allowing even blind and visually-impaired users to make full use of it.  

To use the Experte Accessibility Checker to evaluate a website:

WAVE is a University of Utah supported tool for evaluation of individual webpages. Here is the WAVE Introductory Video.

To use Wave to evaluate a webpage:

Find and install WCAG addon to Firefox. 

Creating Accessible PDF Documents

Often, PDF files are available to view and download from websites. Like web pages, these documents should be accessible to those with disabilities.

Microsoft Word

The first step in creating an accessible PDF is to ensure that the original document is accessible. The following are guidelines to create an accessible Word document and convert it to a PDF accessible document.

Microsoft Publisher

Here are Guidelines to create an accessible Publisher document and convert it to a PDF accessible document.

For assistance, contact the MD6 IT Chair