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Quick start guide ➜

We all have a role to play in making Harvard’s digital information more accessible.

Start here, and get going.

Content Creators ➜

Guidelines and resources to make your content accessible.

Developers ➜

Best Practices and guides for making your applications and tools broadly accessible.

DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

Digital Accessibility Services (DAS) supports the Harvard community in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access the university’s knowledge, ideas, and resources.

Meet the DAS team ➜

University Disability Resources

For access to all other disability-related resources and guidance for students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests, please visit University Disability Resources ➜

Creating Accessible Emails

Email is a vital communication tool, so it’s important to avoid accessibility barriers that might prevent someone from viewing or understanding the message. 

The good news is that whether you’re writing simple, everyday emails or designing marketing messages for a large audience, many of the same accessibility principles for content creation also apply to email. Learn how you can ensure your message comes through clearly to your audience. 

Design and compose accessible emails

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Digital Accessibility Services Office Hours

Got accessibility questions? Not sure where to start? We're here to help!

The Digital Accessibility Services (DAS) team is available to answer your questions and provide guidance and support to the Harvard community.

We will be holding open office hours in a Zoom meeting room on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 10am-12pm.

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Instructor-Led Trainings and On-Demand Videos

On-Demand Training Videos by Topic

A curated series of on-demand training videos that provide quick overviews of popular accessibility topics. 

All Training Videos ➜

How to check a website's accessibility

Automated Tools

Automated tools evaluate a website’s code and content, flag accessibility issues, and often provide guidance on how to fix the issues. These tools save time for both developers and content creators, and they often catch errors that might not be obvious. 

Manual Testing

After you’ve done a first pass with automated tools, you’ll need to follow up with manual testing to make sure your website is inclusive and accessible. 

Harvard Policies

Harvard University Digital Accessibility Policy ➜

For Harvard’s public-facing websites and web-based applications.

Settlement Caption Requirements ➜

Harvard's legal obligation requirements for captions.

Accessible Technology Procurement and Development Policy ➜

For technology applications and products we buy and develop.

Digital Accessibility Techniques

Library of Accessibility Techniques

Browse a comprehensive library of how-to guides with practical examples and code snippets to help you create accessible content and code.

Explore Accessibility Techniques ➜

News from the Harvard Gazette

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Increasing digital accessibility

University policy to ‘make information and resources more easily available to those who need it’

Harvard has adopted a new, University-wide Digital Accessibility Policy, which will increase the accessibility of Harvard’s public-facing websites and web-based applications, as well as the digital content Harvard creates and posts on those sites.

Read article ➜