Information Technology Accessibility

Everyone at Evergreen who creates content for use on computers is responsible for making sure that it is accessible to all.

How to Create Accessible Content

All of the commonly used software tools at Evergreen have options for creating content that is accessible to all.

You can also download a complete accessibility handbook (PDF) including step-by-step instructions for common software.

Accessibility Guidelines

All of the instructions for accessibility will help you to follow the guidelines below. These guidelines are based on internationally-accepted web accessibility guidelines WCAG 2.0 Level AA. 

  • Use properly formatted headings to structure the page.
  • Format lists as lists.
  • Write meaningful link text.
  • Create tables with column and/or row headers
  • Maintain a proper reading order in tables, forms and slides.
  • Use sufficient color contrast.
  • Don't use color alone to convey meaning.
  • Ensure that any action that uses a mouse, can also be completed by keyboard alone.
  • Provide alternative text descriptions for images.
  • Design clear and consistent navigation.
  • Eliminate or limit blinking / flashing content to 3 seconds.
  • Label form fields and buttons clearly.
  • Don't require inaccessible applications be used.
  • Optional materials must include a balance of accessible options.
  • Write math and science equations accessibly.
  • Include the Accommodations Statement in your syllabus and link to accessibility or assistive technology user information for software or web applications that are required in the course.

Find out how these accessibility guidelines help everyone who uses your content.

Evergreen’s Commitment to Accessibility

Consistent with its commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, The Evergreen State College strives to provide equal access to all of its educational and administrative services, programs, and activities.

The Accessible Technology Policy is a component for ensuring individuals with disabilities may access information and technology as fully, equally, and independently as those without a disability. The college recognizes that identical ease of use may not always be possible, but it is the goal to which the college aspires.