Web Design

Modern technology has revolutionized access to information by individuals with print disabilities, such as blindness or dyslexia. Computer software is available that reads materials from a computer screen including, among others, JAWS and Window-Eyes. Before the advent of these technologies, live readers or recorded audio books were used.

When creating a website, it is important to remember that the structure of the presented information determines how readable the site will be by screen reading software. Accessible web design ensures that the site is readable by this software, and that audio portions of the site are accessible for deaf or hearing impaired users (e.g. captions, transcript). Everyone designing and/or modifying websites should investigate the principles of accessible web design.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed, as a part of its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), web accessibility guidelines and techniques. These resources and other important information are available to aid in the design of websites that are accessible by all users.

For more information on accessible web design:

The federal government and the state of Texas both require official sites to be accessible by all viewers. Rice University’s Office of Information Technology department can assist with web design features to ensure website accessibility.

Disability Resource Center
Allen Center, Room 111
Phone: (main) 713-348-5841
Fax: 713-348-5888
E-mail: adarice@rice.edu

Mailing Address:
Disability Resource Center, Rice University, MS 802
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Adaptive Technology Lab
Limited access, key available 1st floor at Circulation & Reserve desk.
Location: Fondren Library, Room 108
For inquires contact 713-348-5841 or e-mail adarice@rice.edu
TTY: dial 711 or 800-735-2988 to be connected through a relay operator.