World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) commitment to lead the web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an initiative of the W3C.
WAI develops its work through W3C’s consensus-based process, involving different stakeholders in web accessibility. These include industry, disability organizations, government, accessibility research organizations, and more.
WAI, in partnership with organizations around the world, pursues accessibility of the web through these primary activities:
- ensuring that W3C standards support accessibility
- developing accessibility guidelines for web content and applications, browsers, and authoring tools
- developing resources to improve web accessibility evaluation processes and tools
- supporting education and outreach on web accessibility
- coordinating with research and development that may impact future accessibility of the web
- promoting harmonized international uptake of web accessibility standards
WAI includes the following Working Groups and Interest Group:
- Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) (formerly the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group)
- Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group
- Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group
- Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG)
- WAI Interest Group (WAI IG)
Within the Working Groups, there are also Task Forces.
Learn more about Participating in WAI.
New WAI publications, draft documents for review, and other WAI announcements are listed on the News page.
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Current work is introduced in What We’re Working On - Accessibility Activities and Publications.
To reach all WAI staff, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shawn Lawton Henry is Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Program Lead; Accessibility Education and Communications Lead.
- Kevin White is Accessibility Technical Lead and supports the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group that develops Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
- Roy Ruoxi Ran (冉若曦) supports accessibility Working Groups and accessibility in China.
- Daniel Montalvo supports accessibility Working Groups and standards harmonization in Europe.
- Akosua “Kosi” Asabere joined the W3C Team in November 2023 and brings first-hand experience with mobile accessibility in Africa.