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More Alike Than Different

Why Accessibility?

Consider these facts:

  • 0-20% of the population have disabilities.
    • Temporary disabilities such as Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI), or accidents can affect our ability to access the web.
    • Most people become "less abled" as they age (vision, mobility, short-term memory, dexterity can decrease).
    • 8% to 10% of males have some form of color blindness.
  • Accessibility is a legal requirement (ADA).

Why Accessible Web Pages

  • California community colleges have been an open-door institution.
    • Accessible web pages provide an opportunity for student success.
  • Web pages are the building blocks of a virtual classroom.
    • If the building blocks are inaccessible, then the virtual classrooms will be inaccessible.

Who Cares About Web Accessibility?

  • The U.S. Federal Government by applying the following laws to Web pages:
    • ADA
    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
  • Many countries have developed policies relating to Web Accessibility.

The following table lists the Legal Standards & Guidelines:

Law Application Mandates
Section 504 Anyone receiving federal funds Opportunity for students with disabilities to participate must be effective as that provided to others
Title II of ADA Public entities Equal information access, including print and computer-based information
Section 508 Federal entities Provides students with disabilities access to electronic and information technology
Title 5 Anyone receiving California state funds Distance education courses must be accessible
SB 105 California state entities Applies Section 508 to state funds
AB 422 Post-secondary textbook publishers Must provide students with disabilities e-text of required textbooks
All college information or academic materials are available in alternate media upon request at (408) 848-4865.
For more DRC information, call 408-848-4865 or TTY at 408-846-4924.
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Last modified: January 19, 2014
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