Accessible Web Page Design for the Visually Impaired: A Case Study

Anna M. Michalska, Cindy X. You, Ariana M. Nicolini, Vincent J. Ippolito, Wolfgang Fink

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Section 508 of the Rehabilitations Act of 1973 states that federal agencies are required to maintain accessible web-based information for persons with disabilities, namely, visual impairments. Studies spanning over 1 decade conducted by The American Foundation for the Blind and Towson University’s Universal Usability Lab investigated federal home pages for Section 508 violations. Both studies concluded that numerous university, corporate, federal, and federal contractor websites are largely inaccessible to people with disabilities—specifically in terms of clarity, consistency, and fidelity to standards. Due to inconsistencies across federal agencies, constant website updates, and webmaster turnaround, there is a need for practical guidelines for web page design compliant with Section 508, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, with particular focus on the visually impaired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)995-1002
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 13 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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