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ADA and Section 508: Best Practices for Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities

APS1 Applications and Standards Track



The presentation will provide an overview of the approach to Web accessibility used by the University of Illinois. Our best practices ( are developed and maintained through a partnership of Web developers, people with disabilities, and disability access professionals. The approach is to build accessibility into our websites, rather than try to repair accessibility problems after they are already built. The Illinois Functional Accessibility Evaluator ( and Firefox Accessibility Extension ( are free tools to help Web developers evaluate their HTML and test entire websites and provide both summary and detailed reports on the accessibility of the overall web site and individual pages.


Jon Gunderson
Coordinator of IT Accessibility, University of Illinois

Dr. Gunderson is the coordinator of assistive communication and information technology accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois. He is responsible for computer and information technology accessibility issues for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities at Illinois.