Accessibility Statement for the OEC

The National Academy of Engineering places a high value on diversity and inclusion. We would like everyone who visits the OEC to be welcome and to find the experience rewarding.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for diverse users, including users with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. The Online Ethics Center is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 Level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard. We are actively working to address accessibility issues.


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the OEC. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on the OEC:

We try to respond to feedback as soon as possible.

Low Graphics Option

While there are a number of images and non-text items on the OEC, these items are primarily decorative. To avoid unnecessary graphics please use the low-graphics alternative site (option next to search bar) that is designed to work well with screen readers and other assistive technologies.

Limitations and alternatives

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the OEC, there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the OEC:

  1. Images and Non-Text Content: Uploaded images may not have text alternatives because images are often uploaded by community members. Contact us and we will work to find a suitable alternative if possible.
  2. Keyboard Navigation: Tabbing to navigate the site with one's keyboard is currently not possible with normal site settings. We are working to correct this issue. For some devices, setting your system to "high contrast" and selecting "low graphics" on the site will allow for keyboard navigation.
  3. Interactive elements like search bars and links: Not all elements are properly labeled, so their use and meaning may not be clear for users using screen readers. We are identifying and correcting these mislabeled or unlabeled elements. Contact us if you have difficulty navigating the site.
  4. Videos: Uploaded videos may lack subtitles or transcripts because videos are often uploaded by community members. Contact us and we will work to find a suitable alternative if possible.
  5. PDFs and other formats: Uploaded resources may not be accessible in their current formats. Contact us and we will work to find a suitable alternative if possible.

Assessment approach

The National Academy of Engineering assessed the OEC’s accessibility through self-evaluation.

NOTE: This Accessibility Statement was generated using guidance provided by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

Cite this page: "Accessibility Statement for the OEC" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 1/12/2016 OEC Accessed: Friday, September 11, 2020 <>