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Web Accessibility

Overview

“Education and web accessibility go hand in hand —  you cannot provide a proper education to all students without guaranteeing that all students can make full use of appropriate websites and web content.”

In the challenging educational times brought on by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), more schools are turning to online instruction and web resources to share information.  Everyone who creates web content should know that online information MUST be compliant with with several federal laws (see video below). Various 'places of public accommodation' such as websites, online classes and resources, online documents, etc. that are non-compliant run the risk of receiving complaints and/or lawsuits.

Online Education and Website Accessibility. U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Video
A Video from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

A Few Common School Website Accessibility Pitfalls include:

  • Not enough contrast for content to be seen by those who are visually impaired or colorblind
  • Cannot navigate through site using only tab and arrow keys (keyboard only navigation)
  • When navigating with the tab key, the selection doesn’t change colors to alert user of location
  • not all images have alternative text 
  • PDF files cannot be read by a screen reader
  • online form fields are not properly labeled, don’t provide feedback
  • videos (including YouTube videos) do not have accurate transcripts and closed-captioning
     

 

Check out our webinar classes and view our presentation below. 
We're here to help you solve the pitfalls mentioned above and much more!  We're sharing below a version of our free Web Accessibility Summit presentation (Nov. 2019) to assist you in creating online instruction materials.

Web Accessibility Summit Slides

 

The Region 10 Web Team is ready to assist you by providing web accessibility webinars and classes* on the following topics:

Introduction to Web Accessibility

The OCR Complaint
Process

MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint Remediation

Google Docs, Sheets & Slides Remediation

Videos & Transcript
Correction

Google Sites & Forms Remediation

Adobe Acrobat DC Pro PDF Remediation

Accessibility Tools, Checkers & Vendor Demos

Classes can be combined based on client needs!

Ask about low cost Zoom webinar options based on instructor availability and minimum attendance numbers.  Web accessibility consultations are also available upon request for a nominal fee.  *In-person classes will be presented as soon as Region 10 is able to re-open the conference center.

**Open to all schools but discounts available to Region 10 schools and other ESCs.
Contact Shayne Warner for details on classes and consulting.

Look for the Technology Services packages available in Fall 2020 to include reduced rate web accessibility services.  In addition, discounts available on software through our reseller agreements.

Ask for details on discounts and video demonstrations for vendors that presented at our June class (vendors for PDF, Google and full website remediation).  

 

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