Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora

Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora is governed by key policies grounded in the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in respect for all of the members of the communities we serve regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

We want everyone who reads the journal of visits the Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

What are we doing?

Obsidian Print volumes
Obsidian is made accessible to readers by having each published volume available in multiple formats, including the print journal, PDF format, and a web-based OJS site for subscribers that is compatible with screen reading software. Obsidian’s accessibility goal is to work toward making content that meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), as described in the PKP document “Creating Accessible Content: A Guide for Journal Editors and Authors,” which is aimed at content creators who use OJS as a web-based publishing platform. Moreover, Obsidian’s content provider partners ProQuest and JSTOR ensure that Obsidian content meets certain accessibility standards for researchers who use these services in libraries, which can be found in the ProQuest and JSTOR accessibility statements on their respective websites.

Obsidian volumes can be made accessible in other formats upon request, such as EPUB3, Microsoft Word, or HTML files.

Obsidian Website
To help us make the Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora website. We are in the process of upgrading our website and making changes as we grow.


How are we doing?

We are dedicated to achieving Level AA accessibility in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. While significant strides have been made, there are areas requiring further improvement and development. Below is an overview of our ongoing efforts and advancements in key areas of web accessibility.

Success criteria 1.1.1:

(Non-Text Content Alternatives)

– Current Status: We have made considerable progress in providing text alternatives for all non-text content on our website. This initiative is an ongoing process, and we continue to update and improve these features to ensure comprehensive accessibility.

– Future Goals: We aim to regularly review and update these alternatives to keep pace with new content and changing technologies.

Success criteria 1.2.1:

(Audio and Video Alternatives)

– Current Status: Efforts to provide accessible alternatives for pre-recorded time-based media are underway. This includes ensuring that all audio and video content on our website is accompanied by accessible features such as transcripts and descriptions.

– Future Goals: Our objective is to expand these features, encompassing all forms of media content on our platform, with an emphasis on user-friendly and inclusive access.

Success criteria 1.2.2:

(Captions for Audio Content)

– Current Status: We are actively working to include captions for all pre-recorded audio content in our media. This is a key area of focus to enhance the accessibility of our synchronized media offerings.

– Future Goals: Continual improvement and expansion of captioning services to cover all existing and future audio content, ensuring inclusivity for all users.


Moving forward

We are committed to not only meeting, but exceeding the expectations and needs of our diverse audience. Our team is actively engaged in ongoing training and development to stay abreast of the latest accessibility standards and practices. We welcome feedback from our community and encourage users to reach out with suggestions or concerns regarding our website’s accessibility.

This statement is reflective of our ongoing commitment as of November 29, 2023, and will be updated regularly to represent the latest developments in our accessibility journey.


Let us know what you think

If you enjoyed reading our journal or using the Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch.

We’d like to hear from you in any of the following ways:

This accessibility statement was updated January 19, 2022. We are reviewing our website’s accessibility using the Accessibility Statement Generator, built by Nomensa.

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