University of Wisconsin–Madison

Accessibility evaluation

Due to the holidays, the Accessibility Evaluation Service will be operating with a 6 week delay during the months of December 2021 and January 2022

Service Overview

The Digital Accessibility Program provides accessibility evaluation and consulting for university content or vendor products that are current contracts or are in a formal agreement with the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Making your digital resources accessible helps UW-Madison be a more inclusive, usable place for everyone. UW-Madison also follows a policy informed by federal law to provide technology and services that are accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. Accessible digital resources are usable by people with disabilities and/or who use assistive technology.


  • Learn how to test and assess the accessibility of your website, application, or digital resource
  • Understand how to make your website and digital resources more inclusive, usable, and accessible for students, faculty, staff, and the community
  • Comply with federal web accessibility requirements and university policy

Getting started

Requirements needed to evaluate

  • Access to the product – A product instance already set up with representative data in it.
  • Service Owner name, department, division/school/college
  • Vendor name, product name, vendor contact information
  • Product VPAT, link to accessibility features and product information
  • University use cases and task flow descriptions of campus product use

What to expect

Once you submit a request, we will contact you to gather additional information, arrange access to content or systems, and understand your desired timeline. We will:

  • Work with you to access your content for evaluation
  • Prepare a report of findings
  • Provide recommendations for accessibility improvements
  • Meet you with for consulting and training 

The Center for User Experience can evaluate any digital experience including those listed in “options” below.

How we test

We use Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 255 of the Communications Act, the American Web Content Accessibility Standards 2.0 (WCAG) to test for compliance with ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, including:

  • Automated and manual testing using a screen reader
  • Mobile accessibility and screen magnification
  • Color contrast

Have questions or feedback?

Submit a question or feedback regarding digital accessibility.


  • Websites
  • Web applications
  • Software being considered for procurement
  • Multimedia assets
  • Documents, PDFs, presentations


  • Free quick evaluation and consulting (usually 2-6 hours)
  • In-depth evaluation requests are considered and available based on resources and prioritization. In-depth evaluations are billed at an hourly rate, with a cost estimate provided prior to starting work.

Available to

  • Faculty
  • Researchers
  • Staff
  • Students

Service category