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 on 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:
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 students, search engines, and people on low wifi bandwidth, can get that information.
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.
For general advising questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form below. For the quickest service, please include your Student Number in all communications.
Note: During registration seasons, we experience a high volume of calls and emails. During those times it may take us a few days to respond to you.
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