Texas Government Code 2054, Subchapter M, enacted in 2005, requires that all state agencies, including universities and institutions of higher education, provide state employees and members of the public access to and use of electronic information resources.

State web accessibility standards, outlined in Texas Administrative Code Chapter 206, are in alignment with federal regulations as outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998.

Texas A&M Health Science Center is committed to making electronic information resources— including documents on our websites—accessible to those with disabilities. These documents must be developed in such a way that assistive technology devices can effectively be utilized.

Common file types for web applications include:

  • Accessible PDFs – ideal for forms and short documents originally designed for print.
  • Accessible Word documents – ideal for more lengthy documents that may require periodic changes.
  • Accessible PowerPoint documents – ideal for instructional materials or presentations

Creating accessible PDFs when dealing with large documents, or documents that need periodic updating, can be a time-consuming process. For that reason, it is recommended that Word and PowerPoint documents be created with best practices for accessibility compliance in mind.

These accessible documents can be uploaded into our content management system (CMS) for use on our TAMHSC websites. If these documents are locked and password protected, a reasonable level of security exists to hinder document manipulation. Further, only authorized administrators of the CMS have access to modifying and/or replacing documents on our sites.

For questions, contact eiraccessibility@tamhsc.edu.