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What is Web Accessibility
In the various modes of delivery in distance education (webpages, web-based instruction, and other electronic media sources), accessibility refers to the ability of every person to access the information presented. Accessible distance education takes into account the special needs of people with auditory, visual, mobility, and cognitive impairments and gives those users an equivalent browsing, viewing, and communication experience to that of nondisabled individuals.
SRJC Guidelines for Online Accessibility
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.
What Online Materials Need to be Made Accessible?
Creating and Modifying Sites to be Accessible
Vist the SRJC Web Accessibility Design Principles page to be guided in the creation and modification of Web materials to be accessible. 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.
See also the Web Accessibility Checklist that summarizes the 508 rules in a handy checklist format.
Explore the Site
Use the links in the side navigation to find more information on Web accessibility including assistance information and online tutorials.