Digital Accessibility

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.

Making our websites accessible to everyone is an important part of our commitment to equity and excellence. An accessible website is one formatted for people with disabilities and is easy for people with disabilities and speakers of other languages to use. Did you know that:

  • 20 percent of New York students identify as having a disability?
  • Nearly 50 percent of New York City 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.

Accessible Content

Visit the Making Accessible Content page to learn about working with:

  • Microsoft Office (including Word)
  • Google 
  • Adobe 
  • Videos 

We provide checklists, tips and how-tos for creating accessible content for websites.

Once you have accessible content, visit the Making Updates to the DOE Websites page in the Employee InfoHub.

Training

We offer many accessibility workshops. Starting in April 2020, they are all offered remotely and are completely free. Sign up for/mark your calendar for a workshop today!

Office, Borough, and District Websites 

Follow the guidance on our Office, Borough, and District Websites page.You'll need to sign in with your DOE username and password.

School Websites

Already have a school website?

If so, the principal should do these three things:
  1. Assign a Webmaster in Galaxy
  2. 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.
    • Have a score of 4 or 5 by July 15, 2020
    • Have a score of 5 by December 31, 2020
  3. Send staff to attend three hours of accessibility training.
    • Starting in April 2020, remote courses are made up of three separate accessibility workshops or segments.

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.

Audit for Accessibility 

Accessibility is something that we always need to work on. A website can be fully accessible, but if an administrator or editor isn't careful the accessibility can slip. To keep on top of your website—whether it’s for a school or DOE office— you need to use an auditing tool that can give you reports of the accessibility errors and alerts that should be updated. For example:

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 if they follow WAG 2.0 AA. 

Print Content

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. Follow our guidance so that everything you create can be accessible:

Questions?

Still have questions? Email us at DigitalAccessibility@schools.nyc.gov.

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