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Web Accessibility Statement

At The University of Southern Mississippi, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive community where everyone is encouraged to participate in our programs and activities, especially individuals with disabilities.  We want everyone who visits our website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding, regardless of technology or ability limitations. Moreover, we are committed to ensuring that the information and technology we provide through our website are, indeed, inclusive and accessible according to both the spirit and letter of the law.

What are we doing?

The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted the best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) per the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible for people with disabilities, and we hope that by adhering to these guidelines we will provide a website that all our visitors find user-friendly.

In this regard, for all new web development, we use site development tools like aDesigner™ and SiteImprove™, in addition to JAWS™ screen reading software, to help us identify accessibility issues.

For all new content, we are preparing guidelines and gathering training material to provide to our content creators.

We ask that you please reach out to us if you have trouble accessing any part of our website. We would like to hear from you in any of the following ways:

If you have other accessibility concerns, or need to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Accommodations by telephone at either 601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232, or by email at oda@usm.edu. For additional information, visit the Office of Disability Accommodations’ website.

How are we doing?

We've worked hard on The University of Southern Mississippi website and are striving to achieve and maintain our goal of Level AA accessibility. We are committed to monitoring the website regularly and performing regular updates when issues are discovered and/or brought to our attention, so that we may be inclusive of everyone and provide quality access to quality content. We are aware that there may be some older content that is less than 100% compliant, but we are working to get all content to a uniform level of accessibility. If you have reached a page that is not accessible, please contact us at your earliest possible convenience.

Examples of Accessibility Software

  • JAWS is a commercially sold screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  • Opera is a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

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