PPCC is striving to provide the best experience for students, staff and the community. Not only are we legally required to provide an accessible education (available to people of all abilities) through the American with Disabilities Act, we know that accessibility provides the best experience for everyone.
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In April of 2014 the Colorado Community College System's (CCCS) President, from encouragement from the Department of Education, enacted SP 3-125g or the Web Accessibility Procedure. It requires that all CCCS Colleges, and the System itself, create and begin implementing a plan for conformance to the Web Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) - Level AA. This plan began December 31, 2014.
While certain details of this plan are still being developed, work is already underway for reaching conformance with web accessibility standards. In a multi-departmental and cross discipline effort, major stakeholders from across our college are working towards conformance in our websites, web applications and other web-based platforms.
As an employee of Pikes Peak Community College, you play an important role in ensuring that all of our website content meets the WCAG 2.0 AA standard. It is critical that you understand at least the fundamentals of accessibility minded, web content authoring. Scenarios that require accessibility training are anything online or electronic. Including consideration of:
- social media
- word processing documents
- anything that is electronic and can be made accessible, must be.
The Case for Universal Design
Universal design, is design inherently accessible; it is for people without disabilities and people with disabilities. An example of universal design is a sidewalk curb that is cut to a ramp rather than an abrupt drop. This is ideal for someone with a wheelchair, a stroller, and easier than stepping up a curb. Universal design is usable by all people to the greatest extent possible.
We implement universal design when we ensure website accessibility, content accessible to everyone regardless of ability. Because PPCC receives federal funding, we must ensure that every form of electronic communication is accessible. By ensuring website accessibility, we will broaden our reach to more students, comply with federal standards, improve our overall website presence and break down educational barriers.
A student who is blind may use a screen reader to read the content of a webpage, document or email. If there is an image, with important information like dates and times, this student's screen reader will not read the text because computers cannot yet read images accurately. In this case there are some practices that we can do to make sure that student, search engines, and people on low wifi bandwidth, can get that information.
Web Accessibility Implementation Committee Members
See a draft of PPCC's Website Accessibility Plan.
- Josh Baker, Instructional Services, Vice President
- Ann Cushman, Math & English, Faculty
- Steve Dunn, Bookstore, Course Materials Manager
- Robin Eckelberry, ACCESSibility Services, Access Specialist
- Kim Hennessy, Human Resources, Assistant Director
- Sharon Hogg, Communications, Humanities, and Technical Studies Division, Associate Dean
- Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan, Math & English, Dean
- Kristen Johnson, Health and Sciences Division, Dean
- Eve Kwiatkowski, Health and Sciences Division, Associate Dean
- Fabrizio Labate, Information Technology Support Services, Assistant Director
- Shawna Mahan, Math & English, Faculty
- Hannah McNamee, Student Services, Admissions & Recruiting Communications Specialist
- Maria Mesa, ACCESSibility Services, Director
- Jim Myers, Business, Public Service and Social Sciences, Faculty
- Marc Nash, eLearning, Accessibility & Universal Design for Learning Specialist (Chair)
- Carole Olds, Learning Commons, Director of Libraries
- Patricia Padeway, Human Resources, Human Resources Specialist II
- Jenni Petross, eLearning, Administrative Assistant III
- Dallas Pierce, Business Public Service and Social Sciences Division, Associate Dean
- Michael Pomphrey, Disabled Student Support Services Program, Director
- Matt Radcliffe, Marketing and Communication, Digital Strategist
- Jenna Shearn, Communications, Humanities, and Technical Studies Division, Faculty
- Matthew Valdez, Learning Commons, Online Education Librarian
- Patrice Whitley, Learning Commons, Dean
Take Action, Get Educated
- Sign up for Accessibility Training through E-learning.
- Sign up for a Web Training
- Fill out an IT request
- Get an accessible email signature
Contribute to the Discussion on Yammer
You will certainly have questions about accessibility. It seems intimidating but we are forming a community to help. Login to Yammer, an Office 365 product to join the community.
We look forward to your feedback about this college-wide initiative.