Accessibility at UMass Amherst
What Does “Accessible” Mean?
As defined by the Department of Justice (DoJ) in their Office of Civil Rights (OCR) resolutions, “accessible” means that a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. The person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally, and independently as a person without a disability.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We embrace disability as a natural part of diversity and seek to build capacity to appreciate and value individual differences, including differences in ability, to create inclusive community.
We are fully committed to providing full and equal access to information and services for all current and potential members of our community. For more information on our accessibility practices, and where you can go for assistance and support, please review the resources below.
In order to meet its values of diversity and inclusiveness, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to making its website accessible to all.
Our website, www.umass.edu, strives towards best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, located at www.section508.gov, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level A and AA of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI) for HTML/XHTML, CSS, and web content accessibility, located at www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21.