About Web Access Clinics

Achieving web accessibility for campus sites, systems, and applications requires a campus commitment to accessibility and the involvement of multiple teams.

The Web Accessibility team at UC Berkeley is here to help ensure that your campus project is accessible to people with disabilities, including those who use assistive technologies. Web Access clinics are available on limited basis, and involve testing the project with a keyboard and screen reader, and providing recommendations for improvement.

Email the Web Accessibility team with any questions about web accessibility: webaccess@berkeley.edu.

About Web Access clinics

Free Web Access clinics are available for campuswide systems, applications, and web-based products, typically prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. For campus websites and/or campus teams who need a review before the next available clinic date, there are suppliers in the campus procurement system who are able to provide services at a fee charged directly to the campus team. All electronic assets, whether developed in-house or purchased, need to comply with the systemwide accessibility policy (WCAG 2.0AA) policy, and the campus functional owner is responsible for ensuring compliance.

For information on how to join Web Access clinics to learn more about web accessibility, please email webaccess@berkeley.edu.

Web Access clinic structure

The following process takes place at a Web Access review:

  1. The product/system/application owner and developers (people who work on the project) meet with the Web Accessibility team.
  2. The screen reader user connects her laptop to a projector and opens the project that is the subject of the review.
  3. The screen reader user reads through the first few items/pages using a screen reader and points out any initial issues.
  4. Following this initial run-through, the screen reader user will often attempt to complete tasks typically performed by users (such as filling out a form or finding specific pages), to determine if there are any accessibility blockers.
  5. Based on these findings, the Web Accessibility team will help determine the most critical accessibility errors found (if any), and provide recommendations for implementing fixes.

Web Access clinic priorities

  • Campuswide systems, applications, and web-based products will receive priority for available review slots.
  • Other campus websites should use Siteimprove and the DIY Accessibility Checklist, and follow the Website Owner Responsibilties as outlined on the Disability Access and Compliance website. 
    • The Web Access team may be able to hold reviews for other campus websites on a limited basis, depending on availability. 

For more information, please see the Request a Web Access Clinic page.