Web Accessibility

Website Accessibility

Web accessibility is the idea that people with disabilities, whether visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, or neurological disabilities, can utilize the web, meaning that they can perceive, understand, navigate, interact with and contribute to the web because the content has been designed to be accessible. There are several federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability, and websites that are not accessible to individuals with visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, or neurological disabilities could be seen as discrimination pursuant to those laws.  Many resources exist to help website content creators determine what makes a website accessible.

This page includes the following content related to web accessibility:

Applicable Laws and Regulations


Federal Regulations

Regulatory Guidance

SUNY Resources

SUNY Offices and Websites

SUNY Guidance

References to Best Practices and Other Supplemental Material



Other Resources

The information contained on the SUNY Compliance website is for general campus guidance only and is not intended, nor can be relied upon, as legal advice or the imposition on SUNY campuses of specific policies or requirements. The site is intended to be an informational-only clearinghouse for some of the laws, rules, and regulations that may impact the State University of New York’s campuses. Additionally, given the rapid, changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be delays or omissions contained on this site which therefore cannot be relied upon as complete.  For complete compliance information, consult your campus compliance officials. For legal advice, consult your lawyer.