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    Digital Accessibility at Harvard

    Harvard is committed to making its digital information and resources more easily available to everyone.

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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 Documents

Illustration of person looking at three documents, one stands out with a check mark indicating that it's accessible.Harvard's Digital Accessibility Policy applies to documents posted on University Websites. There are steps you can take, such as tagging your document with headings, being mindful of color, and using mindful formatting techniques that will make your document more accessible to more people.

Whether you're using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs, or Slides, following simple best practices will make documents easier to understand and read for all of your users, not just users with disabilities. 

Learn more about making documents accessible

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Need an accessible doc fast? Submit to Harvard's preferred remediation vendor, AbleDocs. Visit harvard.abledocs.com to request a quote today.

Learn more about AbleDocs

Guidance from Digital Accessibility Services

Icons of people in a virtual meeting.Hosting Accessible Remote Meetings and Events

When meetings and events are held remotely, digital accessibility is important to ensure that all attendees, including people with disabilities, are able to participate and engage with content at the same time, with the same ease of use. With a little pre-planning, event hosts can structure an inclusive and functional environment for all participants.

Make your next meeting accessible to everyone

Icon of laptop with video and captions on the screen.Providing Live Captions for Events

Live captions provide an inclusive meeting experience for participants who may not otherwise be able to hear speakers and sounds at the event. They provide access and benefit other attendees such as those who might have distractions or non-native English speakers. While we encourage live captioning for all events and meetings no matter the number of participants or size, there are three common scenarios where an event sponsor or meeting host might provide live captions. 

Learn more about providing live captions 

Live Transcripts available in Zoom

Zoom now offers a Live Transcription Service for every meeting, and meeting hosts are encouraged to turn it on as an inclusive practice. Live transcripts allow participants to see automatically generated captions and transcriptions of spoken audio in real time during a meeting or webinar. While auto-generated captions do not meet the accuracy requirements of Harvard’s Policy, they can still be beneficial for meeting attendees.

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More about live transcripts in Zoom:

Harvard-Licensed Tool to Check Accessibility

Siteimprove ➜

Harvard-Licensed Tool to Check Accessibility

  • Breaks down accessibility issues into prioritized, manageable tasks
  • Runs automated Accessibility and Quality Assurance checks
  • Tracks and reports progress towards accessibility compliance
  • Provides guidance and practical recommendations

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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 ➜

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.

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