Accessibility Statement

AHEAD (The Association on Higher Education And Disability) is committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we are continually striving to improve the experience for all of our visitors.

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site are intended to follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  2. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 is used to mark up the site header information, H2 tags are used for sidebar titles, H2-H5 tags for main content titles and sub-headings. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3. Opera users can skip sections by using "S" and "W" to cycle forwards and backwards respectively through headings.

Structural Markup

Web pages on include 4 different areas:

  1. A header bar that includes primary navigation,
  2. A main content area,
  3. A "side bar" containing contextual navigation information and supplementary information,
  4. A footer, including links to our contact information and various important documents about the site.

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 key areas are read in the above order.


  1. Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site should have suitable alt attributes.
  2. Content should be usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled).


  1. Links are written to make sense out of context.
  2. The first link in every document is a "Skip to Content"; it is to skip directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content).
  3. URLs are permanent whenever possible.


This website makes use of online forms. When they are implemented they use these accessibility methods:

  1. Form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
  2. Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script.
  3. An alternate form of contact is always available: by phone, fax, or traditional mail.


  1. Any client-side scripts used are non obtrusive.
  2. The content of this web site is usable without JavaScript support.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  3. Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).

Accessibility references

  1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. Understanding WCAG 2.0, a developer's guide to understanding the accessibility guidelines.
  4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. NVDA, a free, open-source screen reader for Windows.
  3. VoiceOver, the native screen reader software built into the Mac OSX operating system.
  4. ZoomText, a screen magnification tool.

Related resources

  1. WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.
  2. Designing More Usable Web Sites, a large list of additional resources.