Harvard University revises and updates its digital accessibility policy

Harvard University revises and updates its Digital accessibility policy in order to provide expanded access to people with disabilities.

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Harvard University is updating its Digital Accessibility Policy as part of its continuous efforts to ensure the accessibility of its digital systems and communications. As a result, all new digital content designed and developed by Harvard schools, units, and departments should aim to be accessible to people with disabilities.

The University leadership announced on 11 April that the updated and extended Digital Accessibility Policy will take effect on 1 June 2023.

In a statement, Vice President and University Chief Information Officer Klara Jelinkova said, ‘The University’s Digital Accessibility Policy has already helped to expand access to Harvard’s knowledge, information, and learning opportunities for people with disabilities. Improving the accessibility of our internally facing content and applications is an important next step toward making Harvard a more welcoming and inclusive place for everyone’.

Sherri Charleston, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Harvard, said, ‘Prioritizing accessibility — both in person and online — is intrinsic to inclusion and equity. Many of our interactions have shifted online, and by updating our Digital Accessibility Policy, we’re helping to break down barriers to online participation in the life of the University. Digital accessibility ensures Harvard can draw on the broadest set of people and interact with all members of our community. That kind of inclusion is the source of true excellence.’