Digital Accessibility and Higher Education

Section 504: Responsibilities and Requirements

There are over 2.25 million students whose education experience is transformed when higher education institutions comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act). Under Section 504, colleges or universities receiving funding from the Federal government are obligated to accommodate students with disabilities to the same extent as students without disabilities.

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How Higher Education is Failing Students with Disabilities

11% of undergraduate students in the United States have a disability. Postsecondary schools must make their digital environments fully accessible to attract and retain students with disabilities. This white paper outlines best practices for digital accessibility so that you can enhance students’ experiences and remove their barriers to education.

Case Study

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is the only health sciences center along the U.S. – Mexico border that provides the opportunities and environment for direct intellectual and interpersonal exchanges among all nursing, medical and graduate research students on one campus. Learn more about the innovative solution TTUHSC implemented to improve accessibility of all digital properties experiences and remove their barriers.

An Innovative Solution

eSSENTIAL Accessibility has developed a comprehensive accessibility solution to help higher education institutions conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and achieve and maintain compliance with standards and regulations. Our solution features:

Assistive Technology

Feature assistive technology communication supports for students who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, gesturing or reading a screen.

Web and Mobile App Evaluation and Remediation

Automated, technical and functional tests with be completed on the user interface of the website and mobile app to identify barriers faced by people with disabilities.

Ongoing Monitoring

Regularly assessing your organization’s digital accessibility status, resolving web accessibility issues and tracking progress towards compliance.

PDF Remediation

Evaluating, repairing and enhancing the accessibility of PDF files for assistive technology software and devices such as screen readers, text-to-speech software and alternative input devices among others.

Multimedia Accessibility

Providing captions, transcripts and audio descriptions for online audio and video recordings.


Conducting technical training for web developers, QA personnel and content authors on digital accessibility. The training is available on site or remotely.

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