COAA: Digital Accessibility

The University of Virginia is committed to provide equal access to information, programs, and activities delivered through its official digital resources. Official digital resources include web sites, web-based applications, digital content, and media used to conduct university business or academic activities delivered through the internet and the University's intranet. 

Currently, our policy directs us to meet Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), specifically the WCAG 2.0/AA standard. As of Jan 18, 2017 the Section 508 refresh has been recorded in the Federal Register and requires compliance for federal agencies by Jan 18, 2018. This updated set of standards incorporates key aspects of the WCAG standard and provides standards for other areas of technology in addition to digital content. 

Creating and maintaining accessible content is a journey - not a one and done endeavor. Accessibility should be part of development from the onset of the project. Testing for and maintaining compliance is also an ongoing process. The following links provide resources and guidance to assist in this effort.

Policy and Standards

Compliance Reporting


Getting Started: Guidance and Training

Resources from peer institutions



Accessible Document Creation/Remediation

Vendors are available to remediate documents. Cost is dependent upon the complexity of the document.

For PDF Remediation:

Development and Testing Tools

Keep in mind that automated testing tools uncover less than 30% of potential accessibility issues. It is important that you also conduct a manual functional test.


Social Media Accessiblity


Captioning and Audio Description

Information regarding post-production captioning at UVA is maintained by the UVA Library. Our two primary vendors are 3Play Media and cielo24. Having agreed to the state's terms and conditions, we utilize contracts with these vendors originally negotiated by George Mason Univ through VASCUPP.

For information regarding account creation, pricing and services available through each vendor: UVA Library - Accessibility Services - Captioning

More information on captioning and guidance for DIY captioning:

Audio descriptions within video are intended for individuals who are blind. It is time intensive, expensive, and an art.


Accessibility Information from Vendors

Accessibility information for software titles in use at UVA


Vendors Under University Contract for Web Accessibility Testing and Remediation

Contact the Coordinator of Academic Accessibility or the ADA Coordinator for more information regarding contract pricing and services available.