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Both state and federal law require community colleges to operate all programs and activities in a manner which is accessible to students with disabilities. Access to persons with disabilities is guaranteed by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and by Title 24, California Code of Regulations. It is the policy of Santa Rosa Junior College to maintain compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.
The SRJC Web Accessibility Design Principles align closely with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Instructors are encouraged to put these principles into practice at the earliest possible date in order to make their sites accessible to persons with disabilities.
Web sites built entirely within the CATE system and not using any type of media files other than simple images will automatically conform to the SRJC Web accessibility guidelines.
Go to the Guide to Accessibility Compliance for CATE Users page to gain an understanding of how the CATE system is set up to simplify accessibility compliance.
Coming soon - to help ensure that instructor's are aware when they are uploading media files, that accessibility steps might need to be taken, CATE will incorporate an automatic "alert" system. When an instructor uploads new materials to a CATE site, he/she will be automatically alerted that those materials need to be accessible.
Assistance is available through CATE, the Center for Advance Technology in Education, Academic Computing PC Trainers, and Disabilities Resources specialists.
Contact Bill Stone at the CATE office if you need help using the CATE system, or have questions about CATE procedures, or the CATE alert system.
Contact an Academic Computing PC Trainer if you need assistance in making your online materials accessible.
The SRJC Disability Resources Department will help with procuring a transcript and subsequent captioning for multimedia files. For more information, visit the DRD Distance Ed Accessibility page. See #3 - Procedures for making multimedia files accessible.
During the Academic year, trainings on how to make online classes accessible will be offered regularly by a PC trainer. All online faculty members will be strongly encouraged to take the training. Flex credit will be provided. The District will track which faculty have taken the trainings.
Workshop - Accessibility Issues for Online Materials (Simple HTML)
The federal Access Board 508 Web-based explanations page
Accessibility Test Sites
WAVE Accessibility page for testing for compliance. Enter your URL into a field on this page and run test.
Cynthia Says - another site for testing your Web pages by entering a URL.
Accessibility Testing Tools for use in the Firefox Browser
WAVE Toolbar - download and install into Firefox to run WAVE reports directly within Firefox.
Web Developer Toolbar for Firefox - download and install into Firefox to add various Web developer tools.
Firefox Accessibility Extender - download and install into Firefox to test accessibility of dynamically generated Web pages.
Fangs - download and install into Firefox. A tool that creates a textual representation of a Web page as it is read from a screen reader.
Accessibility Testing Tools for use in the Internet Explorer Browser
Color Testing Sites
WebAim Color Contrast Checker - test foreground and background colors by entering hexidecimal codes.
Colorblind Web Page Filter - enter a URL into this page and choose a filter to show how the page looks with various visual impairments.
Vischeck - upload an image to see how it will look with various visual impairments.
Color Contrast Check - specify a foreground and background color either by entering hexidecimal codes or using red, green and blue sliders to create colors. Run a check on the colors to see if there is sufficient contrast.
Color Testing Tools to use in the Firefox Browser
Color Analyser - download and install into Firefox to run color tests on Web pages directly within Firefox.