Making Illinois Extension content broadly available to users of all skills and abilities isn't just the law; it's the right thing to do. New policy guidelines will be in effect in October 2021. View the training to understand the areas impacted and the timeline for implementation.

Different Abilities

We need to account for different abilities when it comes to:

  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Physical access
  • Communicating
  • Understanding in terms of reading skill and languages offered

What Does Accessibility Include

  • Website content: links, images, text, colors, keyboard shortcuts
  • Live-streamed content: captioning, visuals, audio
  • Recorded content: transcription, visuals, audio
  • Social media: captions, images, colors, hashtags, emojis
  • Documents: links, images, colors
  • Email: links, images, colors, emojis
  • Online courses: links, captions, images, text, colors, visuals

Implications of Policy Adoption

  • Content creators will be responsible for accessibility
  • Annual training will be essential for compliance
  • Audits will be conducted to show gaps
  • Mandatory compliance by third-party vendors, websites, apps, content, and other assets