University of Wisconsin–Madison

Accessibility evaluation

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.

The Center for User Experience can help evaluate the accessibility of your website, application, multimedia assets, digital documents, and software and work with you to develop a plan to resolve accessibility barriers. 


  • 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

Email the Center for User Experience for a consultation.

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.

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) and the Europe Mandate EN 301 549 European Web Accessibility Standards guidelines to test for compliance with ADA and Section 504, including:

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


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


Quick evaluation (usually 2-6 hours) is free. In-depth evaluations are billed at an hourly rate, with a cost estimate provided prior to starting work.

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