An accessible and inclusive website is one formatted for people with disabilities (accessible) and is easy for people with different abilities and languages (inclusive) to use. Making our website accessible to everyone is an important part of our commitment to equity and excellence.
By law, all DOE websites must be accessible. This applies to the content on the page, as well as all documents, images, and videos posted on it.
Accessible and Inclusive Content
Did you know that:
- 20 percent of New York students identify as having a disability?
- Nearly 50 percent of New York households speak a language other than English?
These groups of people may rely on an assistive tool (like a screen reader or browser-based translation) that requires digitally accessible content to work. Learn how to make digitally accessible content by:
- Visiting the Making Accessible and Inclusive Content page
- Attending one of our accessibility workshops
Building a new school website? Or looking for ways to make the one you have better? Follow the guidance on our School Website Guidelines page.
Already have a school website? If so, the principal should do these three things:
- Assign a Webmaster in Galaxy
- For questions regarding Galaxy, email your BCO directors of finance and HR.
- Review Your Schools' Website Accessibility Score
- See how accessible your school's website is and
- Learn what's needed in order to make your website accessible.
- Send Staff to attend one of our Accessibility Workshops.
Office, Borough, and District Websites
Follow the guidance on our Office, Borough, and District Websites page.
Audit and Fix Accessibility Issues
Accessibility is created by humans. If we aren't careful, we can easily make things inaccessible. That’s why your website—whether it’s for a school or DOE office—needs to use a scanning tool that can give you reports of the accessibility errors and alerts that should be updated.
Types of Auditing Tools
- School website accessibility reports are created by scanning the sites with the WAVE Runner tool from WebAIM, by the Office of Digital Inclusion.
- The DOE's family website and both sides of the InfoHub are monitored consistently by Siteimprove.
- If you require more robust testing, you may also want to purchase an evaluation tool. There are for-purchase scanning tools that can quickly scan your whole site and provide additional service and support. This includes vendors like:
Develop an Accessibility Testing Plan
Because even the most accessible platform can so easily host inaccessible content, we recommend monitoring your site regularly. Ensure ongoing compliance by creating a regular evaluation schedule for your site. The Office of Digital Inclusion audits the:
- DOE's websites daily
- School websites quarterly
Set up an auditing schedule that matches your publishing schedule. Keep in mind the following best practices:
- Prioritize which pages should get checked the most frequently
- Identify which pages can be tested through automation, and which need to be checked manually.
And send your staff to our accessibility workshops to reduce human error. They're free!
Apps and Vendors
Online apps like FlipGrid, Kahoot or Minecraft come from third-party vendors. Those vendors are responsible for making their content accessible. In turn, we are only allowed to partner with vendors who provide accessible content. If you are unsure about an app you use, email the vendor/provider and ask
Having a digital version of print documents (yearbooks, programs, awards, and certificates) makes content easy to share. Fliers sent home with students should also be posted on your school's website or teacher's classroom page. However, that can only be done if they are digitally accessible. Follow the guidance at the following pages:
Still have questions? Email us at DigitalAccessibility@schools.nyc.gov.