WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

About WebAIM

About WebAIM

WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has provided comprehensive web accessibility solutions since 1999. These years of experience have made WebAIM one of the leading providers of web accessibility expertise internationally. WebAIM is part of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice at Utah State University and functions as a Service Center at USU and non-profit entity.

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Our Mission

WebAIM’s mission is to expand the potential of the web for people with disabilities. We empower individuals and organizations to create and deliver accessible content by providing knowledge, technical skills, tools, organizational leadership strategies, and vision.

Our Method

At WebAIM, we accomplish our mission by:

  • providing services and training to organizations and individuals
  • developing accessibility evaluation tools
  • creating instructional materials and resources
  • fostering an active online community
  • engaging in research, and
  • participating in policy dialogues and processes.

Over the years WebAIM has secured competitive grants and contracts from both government and private funders enabling us to engage in research, development, and dissemination. In 2005 WebAIM began providing fee-based services. These expanded over time and now include:

  1. Training. A variety of accessibility and system change topics are available, and training can be customized to your group. We have virtual and onsite training options.
  2. Evaluation. Our services range from small to large scale projects, with manual evaluation and reporting, or automated WAVE AIM reports. We can also certify a website's conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Our evaluation service helps others focus on what they need to do so that their digital content is accessible. Evaluation services are often provided in conjunction with training or technical assistance.
  3. Technical assistance and consulting. These services are highly customized to the needs of a client, and have been used in versatile ways to help clients achieve their accessibility goals.

WebAIM is committed to the development and proliferation of accessible web content and technologies worldwide. We value the principles of volunteerism by donating 10% of staff time to initiatives within the accessibility community.

Our History

WebAIM's origins date back to 1997 when WebAIM's founder, Cyndi Rowland, was presenting at a professional meeting about our Institute's new web site and was asked by a blind individual if accessibility had been considered. Having never considered this question, Cyndi began exploring web accessibility and quickly became a tireless advocate for digital equity. WebAIM was formed in 1999, the same year as WCAG 1.0. In the decades since, WebAIM has evolved from a small grant-funded project to an internationally recognized leader in the web accessibility consulting and research field.

Our Clients

WebAIM has provided web accessibility evaluation, training, and consulting services and products to a wide variety of clients for for nearly two decades. Clients have included governmental agencies, businesses, education institutions, non-profit businesses, and Fortune 100 corporations.

Some of our clients include:

  • Social Security Administration
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • State of Oklahoma
  • Sonoma County, California
  • Cornell University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Chancellor’s Office for the California State University System
  • Wesleyan University
  • University of Arkansas
  • Stanford University
  • PayPal
  • Ticketmaster
  • eBay
  • Sony
  • Zappos
  • SAS
  • Macys
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Bank of America
  • Healthwise
  • The Advertising Council
  • Langham Hotels and Resorts

Our Host Institution

Utah State University (USU) is a top, nationally ranked university. It is a land-grant institution, based in Logan, Utah with over 28,000 students. Utah State offers over 240 degrees from 9 colleges. In addition to the classroom-based programs, USU offers classes and degree programs to students throughout the state and the nation through distance education classes and extension programs.

Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice

WebAIM lives within the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice at Utah State University. The IDRPP is one of the largest of the 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research, and Services located at major universities throughout the United States, its trusts and territories. The IDRPP is recognized as a pioneer in research, interdisciplinary training, technical assistance and services for people with disabilities and their families. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, by ensuring that state and local government agencies, community providers, nonprofit organizations, schools, professional, families, and most importantly, individuals with disabilities have access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based education, research, and technical assistance services.

WebAIM collaborates closely with TAESE and NCDAE, both based at Utah State University.

TAESE logo The Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) is based at the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice at the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. TAESE is the organization that administers the TASK12 education interpreter training and certification program, the national Dispute Resolution Consortium, and a variety of other State contracts and technical assistance agreements.

NCDAE logo The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) improves educational services for all students through distance learning technologies. The Center's two Institutes monitor and promote distance education policies and practices that enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Center activities include the identification of effective technology-enhanced personnel development practices, policy monitoring and development, information dissemination, and research on distance education and technology-based programs and policies.