Web Accessibility and Athletic Conferences: who is in the Sweet 16

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in WB IV on Thursday, January 1 (2017).



  • Jon Gunderson, Coordinator of IT Accessibility, University of Illinois

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


Everyone is keenly aware of the competitive nature of college sports and the rivalries between schools and athletic conferences. Let’s see how over 240 universities that are part of more than 12 basketball athletic conference’s score in making their websites accessible to people with disabilities using open source tools that are freely available.


Web accessibility is an important yet little understood problem and this session will provide some light on the types of web accessibility problems faced by universities by analyzing over 30,000 web pages at over 300 colleges and universities home pages, selected college home pages, admissions, and financial aid web sites using the Illinois Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) technology. The session will include information on open source tools using the OpenAjax Alliance Accessibility Ruleset to evaluate compliance with WCAG 2.0 requirements using the open source and freely available Illinois Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0. A best practices design model will be presented as an efficient and cost effective method to improve the usability of web sites for everyone, including people with disabilities, by using web standards techniques for accessibility.


  1. Learn about web accessibility requirements related to WCAG 2.0 requirements
  2. Accessibility features of HTML5 and ARIA technologies
  3. Strengths and weakness of evaluation tools for monitoring accessibility compliance

Disability Areas

Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Information Technology, Legal, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Jon Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES). He is responsible for computer and information technology accessibility issues for students with disabilities at the University of Illinois. He is a member of the W3C ARIA working group. He is the primary software developer of the open source OpenAjax Accessibility Evaluation library and Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (FAE). He has taught numerous online courses and workshops on accessible web design including courses on using the new W3C Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) specifications to create accessible web applications. He leads both regional and national consortiums of higher educational institutions to promote and collaborate on IT accessibility.