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Web Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require the CSU to provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities.  Access to the Internet and its resources is considered an area where the ADA applies.  The need to make websites, web applications, and digital content accessible is also underscored by California Government Code 11135, which applies Section 508 requirements to the CSU.  The ubiquity of the Internet in delivering information and providing services is reason to make its accessibility a priority for the CSU.

Creating and maintaining accessible websites will be ongoing.  The dynamic nature of the web and the continuous updating of content requires a process that can be facilitated by the use of an enterprise-wide web evaluation and monitoring tool along with well-defined campus policy and implementation procedures.

Web Accessibility (Administrative)

Access to the Internet and its resources, including websites, web applications, and digital content, is considered an area where the ADA applies.  The ubiquity of the Internet in delivering information and providing services is an essential reason to make its accessibility a priority for the CSU.  Creating and maintaining accessible websites will be an ongoing institutional responsibility.  The dynamic nature of the web and the continuous updating of content require a process that can be facilitated by the use of an enterprise-wide web evaluation and monitoring tool along with well-defined campus policy and implementation procedures.

Web Accessibility Implementation Plan 

The plan should include, but is not limited to, the following elements, and is due with the First Year Web Report on June 15, 2007. 

1. A process for auditing, monitoring and remediation of websites.

2.  A process for establishing accountability and documentation procedures.

3. A strategy to ensure that new websites and web content incorporate accessibility in the design and authoring process. 

4. A process for determining exceptions and for developing, documenting and communicating the equally effective alternate form of access that will be provided.

5. A process for identifying critical administrative websites that require remediation.  

6. A process for providing alternative ways of delivering information during any period in which websites are undergoing retrofit.

7. A training plan for those who develop and maintain websites and who author web content.

8. A communication plan to educate the campus about web accessibility requirements.

9. An evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of the plan. 

10. The identification of roles and responsibilities associated with the above processes. 

11.Milestones and timelines that conform to the project calendar.

View the Web Accessibility Implementation Plan

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