Cognitive Web Accessibility Guidelines: 2010 & 2009

I have created a growing list of resources, published in the last ten years, related to guidelines for developing Web sites accessible to people with cognitive disabilities.  Listed below are a few such resources published in 2010 and 2009.


For an extensive list, see Cognitive Web Accessibility: Guidelines 2010.


For an extensive list, see Cognitive Web Accessibility: Guidelines 2009.


A great resource for articles about cognitive disabilities and Web accessibility, continually kept up-to-date, is:

University Web Site for People with Learning Disabilities: Starting a Redesign

Today, I visited a local university that has a campus-based program for students with learning disabilities. I am helping to make the program’s Web site more accessible to its students. I met with the program director, two representatives of university Web services, and an adjunct-faculty member responsible for managing site content. We discussed possible cognitive-accessibility features and next steps for the project.

We will focus on content first.

  • Outdated information will be pruned or updated.
  • Text will be rewritten into plain language.
  • Contextually-relevant images will be added, especially photos taken during program activities.
  • After the above tasks are accomplished for one to five pages, they will be evaluated by program students.

We will then revise the site’s design. To do so, we will determine which cognitive-accessibility features we can incorporate using the university’s content management system (CMS). Examples:


  • Other development steps will be outlined in future posts. For example, the My Web My Way idea could be expanded such that site visitors could choose their own mixture of content types.
  • Program students will be included in every step of the site development.