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Accessibility Standards

What is Accessibility?

The key to web accessibility is flexibility and ease of use in navigation and information seeking for users with disabilities that may include tools known as "assistive technology."

  • Screen reading software for users with vision impairments

  • Screen magnification software for users with low vision

  • Text to voice software for users with learning disabilities

  • Speech recognition software for users with mobility impairments

  • Input devices such as trackballs and other ergonomic devices or furniture

Designing web sites with accessibility in mind, not only benefits users with a disability, it also provides improved performance and usability for users of all abilities.

Web Accessibility Standards

College of the Desert web standards support the principle of "Universal Design" which promotes a high degree of usability for people with vision, hearing, physical, language and cognitive disabilities.  Guidelines are in accordance with the Web Accessibility Initiative Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA standards.

Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, mandates that information and communitcation technology (ICT) be usable by persons with disabilities.  One component of the technical standards requires accessibility of web pages.

How Accessibility is Achieved

Compliance with WCAG and 508 standards.

  • Test pages in development with different browsers

  • Test pages in development with assistive technology

  • Validate web pages using code validators and web accessibility checkers

  • Read more about how to conduct Preliminary review of websites for accessibility (W3C/WAI guidelines)