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Website Accessibility at UMBC

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is committed to providing equal access to Web content. For more information about web accessibility at UMBC, or to request an alternate format, please email webaccessibility@umbc.edu.

Web Accessibility = Inclusion

Accessibility ensures that people of all abilities are provided equal access to information and functionality. UMBC maintains accessible standards and best practices on websites and their content to provide equal access, a practice that is consistent with our mission, vision, and policy statement. Web accessibility extends to UMBC’s online information and services, instructional materials, departmental programs, and UMBC-sponsored activities.

Web accessibility includes a person with a visual impairment using software to read aloud website content, including properly tagged image descriptions. Similarly a person who is Deaf/hard-of-hearing reads captions to access audio portions of a video.

UMBC adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) standard for web accessibility, which is a consistent technical standard that was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium to guide the creation of accessible websites and web content. This standard is consistent with the University System of Maryland Technology and Information Guidelines, and is supported by UMBC’s use of Monsido to scan websites and inform improvements. UMBC employees are reminded that maintaining online accessibility is not just an ethical responsibility, it’s a federal legal obligation. Additional website accessibility information and tools are linked here.

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