Our Commitment to Accessibility
At Western, everyone should be able to learn, work, and Make Waves. We do our part each day by making our digital content accessible for all users. Digital content includes Western websites, media, documents, and other applications. Making accessible content means equal access to education, the services we provide, and above all, the Western experience.
Reach out or report
To report an accessibility barrier to the Bias Response team, please fill out the Bias and Discrimination reporting form. You can also report barriers, or ask questions, by email or phone.
Current and Ongoing Efforts
- Employ a web accessibility engineer and digital technologies accessibility coordinator.
- The Information Technology Accessibility Committee (ITAC) meets monthly and includes key staff and faculty across Western's departments.
- All web editors take accessibility training before editing websites.
- We develop and maintain accessibility guides in our design system.
- Current email, imagery, social media, and video guides include accessibility info.
- The Accessibility Guide in our design system specifically highlights best practices for web accessibility.
- Western's main web theme, Ashlar, is designed to be as accessible from the ground up and meet WCAG 2.1 at Level AA at its base components.
- We continually test for accessibility and improvement in our theme and components.
- The testing engine included with the theme checks for issues before changes are proposed.
- Leveraging our theme allows for the rapid creation of websites that are accessible and mobile-first.
Western's websites are developed to work in various operating systems and browsers. The following lists contain the most common systems, but not all.
Supported Operating Systems
- iOS and iPadOS
Western's Ashlar-based websites are also designed to work regardless of user preferences such as:
- different display modes like high contrast or color filters,
- magnification and zoom, and
- browser text sizes.
Learn how you can adjust your browser's display or text size as you prefer.
Note about Internet Explorer
Western's web platforms no longer develop for Internet Explorer. This is because its usage is less than 1% of our total users, and it's no longer recommended for use by Microsoft.
To get the most predictable functionality, we recommend using one of the browsers previously listed under "Technical Specifications," or a modern browser of your preference.