Accessibility Statement for WAI Website


Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website content posted since May 2018 meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 at Level AA. Older content meets earlier versions of WCAG. Parts of the content meets Level AAA.

Measures to support accessibility

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of the WAI website:

  • Include accessibility as a requirement for all web content. Content must meet WCAG 2.1 AA, and should meet AAA as feasible.
  • Assign clear accessibility goals and responsibilities.
  • Ensure content authors have accessibility knowledge and skills.
  • Include accessibility as part of our mission.
  • Include accessibility throughout our internal policies.
  • Usability test with participants with disabilities.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standard defines requirements to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. "Fully conforms" means that the content meets all of the WCAG requirements at the specified Level without exceptions.

WAI website content posted since May 2018 fully conforms to WCAG 2.1 Level AA. It partially conforms to Level AAA.

Older content conforms to earlier versions of WCAG, for example, WCAG 2.0. Most of the older content is archived and will not be updated.


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the WAI website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers.

  • E-mail:
  • Phone numbers and physical addresses are in the “Locations and Addresses” section of the Contacting WAI page.

We usually respond to accessibility feedback from e-mail within 3-5 business days. Sometimes it can take up to 3 weeks. If you do not receive a reply to e-mail within 10 business days, you can contact Shawn Henry at +1-617-395-7664.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

The WAI website is designed to be compatible with assistive technologies and the last two versions of major browsers.

In Internet Explorer 10, 11, and older browsers, some aspects of the website may not display optimally. The website is not designed for Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions.

Technical specifications

The WAI website relies upon the following technologies for conformance with WCAG 2.1:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • SVG

The following technologies are used to improve accessibility and the user experience for everyone:

  • JavaScript

Limitations and alternatives

Several videos on the WAI website use YouTube. As an alternative, the videos are provided as MP4 files on a W3C server.

The WAI website links to GitHub for providing input on resources and documents. As an alternative, an e-mail address is included for providing input.

Assessment approach

WAI assessed the accessibility of the WAI website by self-evaluation.

Formal approval of this accessibility statement

This Accessibility Statement is approved by Shawn Lawton Henry, WAI Outreach Coordinator.

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