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Web Accessibility Overview

"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
-- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

What is Web Accessibility?

woman using Dragon Naturally SpeakingA web page that is accessible can be accessed by everyone, including people with disabilities who may use specialized computer hardware and software (assistive technologies).

An added benefit of accessible web pages is that they are much more usable by PDAs (personal digital assistants) and cell phones that can access the web. Designing for accessibility is designing for everyone!

If web pages are not developed with accessibility in mind, people with the following disabilities may have access problems:

Can you imagine a student not being able to access her instructor's syllabus or other mandatory course materials online? What if she could not access SCC's financial aid web site or the SCC online class schedule?

Our goal is to make all SCC web pages universally accessible. Please help in this effort!

The Laws

Because SCC is a publicly funded community college, we are bound by Federal and State accessibility standards.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended 1998) provides 16 distinct standards for web accessibility compliance.

CA SB105 was passed in 2002 and states states that "in order to improve accessibility of existing technology, and therefore increase the successful employment of individuals with disabilities, particularly blind and visually impaired and deaf and hard-of-hearing persons, state governmental entities, in developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic or information technology, either indirectly or through the use of state funds by other entities, shall comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973..."

Want to make your web pages accessible? Here are some suggestions:

 Take the SCC online Web Accessibility Tutorial
 Visit a great web site called WebAim (Web Accessibility In Mind)
 If you are an instructor, take a desktop seminar with @ONE or email Janelle Pettler to have your site evaluated.

>> So, what's it like to access the web with a disability?

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Last updated on: October 2, 2006
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