Oracle creates accessible products that allow the aging population and users with disabilities to perform the same tasks as other users of enterprise technology.
Oracle's Accessibility Program, which is overseen by 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 accessible formats.
To learn more about Oracle's Accessibility Program, including our portfolio of accessible products, visit Oracle's Accessibility Program website.
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.
—Safra Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Oracle actively participates in accessibility standards-setting bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium and the International Organization for Standardization. Oracle believes that a single set of standards for 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. Additionally, it allows users to learn skills that are transferable across a broad set of applications and technologies.
We are significantly enhancing all our product lines to incorporate the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0, and the new WAI-ARIA coding techniques. These changes will allow web applications to operate like other desktop applications when used with assistive technology, thereby enhancing accessibility for a broad range of persons with disabilities.
Technology continues to change the way we work and live. But for the millions of blind people in the United States and around the world, technological advancements often pose new challenges.
"One of the biggest problems of blindness is access to information," says Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). "Technology changes the paradigm of accessibility because it can be designed from the very beginning to provide the broadest access."
Oracle's business is information—how to manage it, use it, share it, and protect it.
—Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle
For the past decade, Oracle has been dedicated to a strong collaboration with the NFB. We work closely with experts at the Jernigan Institute of the NFB to address product design issues, interpret accessibility standards, test key products, and resolve customer issues, all of which have improved our ability to consistently deliver accessible enterprise applications. For example, Oracle Fusion Applications were built with accessibility in mind from the very start. This suite of products exhibits exceptional conformance to accessibility standards, an achievement that is the result of nine years of development and testing.
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.
Oracle has sponsored the NFB’s National Convention for seven years in a row. In addition, for the past two years we have sponsored the Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science, given to a blind student studying computer science, computer engineering, user experience, or a related field. Oracle has also sponsored CSUN, the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, for the past two years.