ADA compliance stipulates that school and school district websites allow every student, parent and teacher — even those with visual, auditory, learning or physical impairments — to experience the full range of services and experience provided.
As more everyday school functions move online, from class registration to homework assignments, the need to serve every visitor with an accessible website becomes more crucial.
360Civic’s ADA Review and Repair Program reviews every facet of required ADA compliance, including the following:
The Section 508 Amendment requires federal and federally funded agencies provide people with disabilities easy access to electronic and information technology. 360Civic can accommodate all Section 508 requirements. Even if your school does not receive federal funds, these guidelines are worth implementing as part of your ADA strategy.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to an even wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities and photosensitivity. We’ll work with you to make sure these are met as well.
Going Beyond Compliance
For all of these requirements, there are minimum standards that can be satisfied, but 360Civic is more concerned with creating school websites that are truly usable for everyone. The content management system (CMS) plays a key role in this with how it creates reader pages and alt tags, and automatically maintains contrast and readability standards.
As many schools increasingly depend on the internet for programs and services, accessible web design becomes even more significant. It also saves resources since documents can be made available, requests for ADA Alternate Document Formats can be satisfied, and internet/intranet access for employees with disabilities can be provided.