Academia and Web Accessibility

Academia and Web Accessibility

Even though there are not many regulations in place for academic sector, most of the world renowned academic institutions has incorporated accessibility guidelines as their standard practices. By implementing it, they are supporting the right of disabled people to access the information. To make users aware about it, these universities has published their accessibility policy in their website. Here is a list of university websites that are accessibility compliant.


Excerpts from Accessibility Statement

Stanford University

  • The Diversity and Access Office oversees compliance with state and federal anti‐discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

  • D&A also oversees the ADA/Section 504 Grievance Procedure for students who believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination based on a disability or denied access to services or accommodations which the ADA and/or Section 504 require Stanford to provide

  • Stanford University has adopted the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0, Level AA Conformance (WCAG 2.0 Level AA) as its goal for accessible Stanford Websites.


Harvard University

  • Harvard University is committed to making its websites accessible. In accordance with this commitment, and with the knowledge that accessible digital content generally enhances usability for everyone, this Policy is established to improve the user experience for those with disabilities.

  • For the purposes of this policy, Harvard University will use The Worldwide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1, Level AA Conformance (WCAG 2.1 Level AA) as "the Standards."


Wharton University

  • The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative is committed to making its website accessible to all users and welcomes comments or suggestions on access improvements.

  • Penn’s Office of General Counsel has determined that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA is the standard for Penn websites.


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It is recommended to follow WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standard for all Academic websites.