Oracle creates accessible products that allow users with disabilities and the aging population to perform the same tasks as other users of enterprise technology.
The Accessibility Program Office, which reports to Oracle's chief corporate architect, defines Oracle's corporate accessibility standards and trains employees to create products that meet those standards. Most Oracle products are coded to accessibility standards and include documentation in several accessible formats.
Oracle is committed to creating accessible technologies and products that enhance the overall workplace environment and contribute to the productivity of our employees, our customers, and our customers' customers.
Chief Executive Officer
To learn more about Oracle's accessibility program, including our portfolio of accessible products, visit oracle.com/us/corporate/accessibility.
Oracle actively participates in accessibility standards–setting bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium, the International Organization for Standardization, and the US Access Board’s Section 508 Refresh Committee. Oracle believes that a single set of standards that allows application vendors, platform vendors, and assistive technology vendors to build to the same design point reduces costs, speeds development, and provides customers with the greatest flexibility and choice in assistive technologies.
Technology continues to change the way we work and live. But for the 1.3 million blind people in the United States and millions more around the world, technological advancements often pose new challenges.
"One of the biggest problems of blindness is access to information," says Mark Riccobono, executive director of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute, a research and training facility in Baltimore, Maryland. "Computerized information systems are frequently built with graphic elements that aren't accessible to blind people."
Riccobono and his team expect the number of sight-impaired working people to increase as aging employees delay retirement, which makes creating accessible technology increasingly important. For the past decade, Oracle has been dedicated to a strong collaboration with the NFB.
Oracle's business is information—how to manage it, use it, share it, and protect it. Our commitment to create products that simplify, standardize, and automate extends to all users, including users who are disabled.
Chief Corporate Architect
Oracle has sponsored the NFB's National Convention five years in a row, and in 2008, we announced a plan to develop a Center of Excellence for Enterprise Computing at the Jernigan Institute. Since then, Oracle has worked closely with experts at the Institute to address product design issues, interpret accessibility standards, test key products, and resolve customer issues.
By working with the NFB, we have improved our ability to consistently deliver accessible enterprise applications. For example, Oracle Fusion Applications were built with accessibility in mind. The first release of this suite of products exhibits exceptional conformance with accessibility standards, an achievement that is the result of seven years of development and testing. Further, we have drastically enhanced the accessibility of Oracle's Siebel call center product, and our Siebel open user interface will take advantage of the WAI-ARIA coding technique, which enables Web applications to operate like other desktop applications when used with assistive technology.
Because the lack of effective training can be a barrier to technology use by blind and low-vision users, Oracle's collaboration with the NFB extends to training as well. We have developed and delivered several training workshops to help blind users transition from older, character mode systems to modern, enterprise-class application interfaces.