Accessible University

Accessible University (AU) is a fictional university home page designed to demonstrate a variety of common web design problems that result in visitors with disabilities being unable to access content or features. AU was originally developed by AccessIT and is maintained by AccessComputing, both projects based out of the University of Washington. Use the AU site to:

  1. demonstrate common web accessibility principles at trainings, presentations, and workshops on accessible web design.
  2. learn common web accessibility problems and solutions in an easy-to-understand way.

Index of Accessible University Pages

  1. Before - This inaccessible page demonstrates common web accessibility issues using the fictitious AU home page. See how many web accessibility problems you can identify. NOTE: Since the purpose of this page is to demonstrate inaccessible web design, certain features are inherently inaccessible to some groups of users.
  2. After - This accessible page is a modified version of the Before page, with all accessibility issues fixed.
  3. Info - This page provides an explanation of all issues demonstrated on the AU home page, including problems, solutions, and links to additional resources.

Additional Files for Demonstrating Document Accessibility

In addition to the AU web pages, we have created two sets of digital documents that can be used for demonstrating document accessibility issues in presentations and workshops. Links are provided below for downloading the files. For details about each file, see the Document Accessibility Samples web page.


Each of the files in this section contains the same content, a syllabus from a fictional Introduction to Physics course, provided in Microsoft Word and PDF formats, with varying levels of accessibility.


The files in this section are both PowerPoint files, with and without accessibility problems.