School & District Website Accessibility
The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) continues to reach settlements with educational organizations facing website accessibility complaints. It’s been reported that the OCR at one time was investigating hundreds of school districts for website accessibility violations including concerns under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Website Accessibility Resources:
Schools and districts under scrutiny reached an agreement with the OCR to remedy their websites by:
+ Selecting an auditor who has the requisite knowledge and experience to identify barriers to access your website and conduct a thorough audit of existing online content and functionality.
+ Making all new website content and functionality accessible to people with disabilities.
+ Developing a corrective action plan to prioritize the removal of online barriers over an 18-month period.
+ Posting a notice to persons with disabilities about how to request access to online information or functionality that is currently inaccessible.
+ Providing website accessibility training to all appropriate personnel.
Source: US Department of Education
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