UB follows state and federal mandates regarding universal accessibility.

This feature works comparably in both the Classic and Flex UI versions of the UBCMS. In the future, screenshots and language will be updated to reflect Flex UI.

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All websites must be in compliance with UB policies. If you have questions about accessibility, please consult the UB Accessibility website.

Last reviewed: September 24, 2021


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA website), Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act (Section 508 website) and parallel New York State regulations require websites to be fully accessible for all users.

Accessibility refers to equivalent experience for people with visual, physical or cognitive impairments. Accessible practice ensures unassisted direct access, such as sufficient font contrast and the ability to navigate without a mouse, as well as compatibility with assistive technology such as screen readers, following Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG website).

UB's accessibility efforts are managed by the Web Accessibility Officer in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with more information provided on the Accessibility at UB website.

Keeping our UB websites accessible is a federal law. Your Web team is responsible to identify and remediate identified accessibility issues as pages are built, using SiteImprove scans.

But these accommodations benefit all our users and should just be considered best practices.

Accessibility Scanning Tools

SiteImprove is a product provided by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the university to use in Web accessibility. All UBCMS sites are routinely added to SiteIprove when they are created. Initial scans for new sites will take a couple of days to appear, then going forward, new pages or modifications should be available within a day.

In addition, the SiteImprove browser plugin is handy for immediate scans of individual pages, plus it can scan a page in Author before it is published (hint, use 'View as Published').

Units are currently responsible for A and AA conformance level Issues and Potential Issues.

All pages are automatically scanned unless they are secure, but these pages can still be scanned by the browser plugin.

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UB Policies & Practices

Professional Development / Training Opportunities

Best Practices for UBCMS Content and Components

Audio Transcripts


Custom Code (CSS, HTML, Javascript)

File Download



Headings (titles)

Images (Alt text)

Audit Alt text compliance using the Image Accessibility Bookmarklet.




Text Components

Third Party Content (external embeds)


Report Accessibility Concerns

Unit Web Leaders and Site Owners or Managers can report any others that authors cannot remediate.

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