Web Accessibility Resource Guide

The SC Technical College System is committed to providing all information on our website in an accessible format to everyone.

If you find any problems that prevent access, please contact us. Let us know the nature of your accessibility problem, and we can provide any inaccessible content in an alternative format.

For any accessibility requests or issues, please contact us using the link provided below.

Accessibility Requests/Issues

 

The South Carolina Technical College System does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.  Because of the importance of access to Web based resources, as well as access to electronic information, the South Carolina Technical College System is committed to providing accessible websites and other electronic information pursuant to the standards set forth in Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act, as well as other South Carolina laws, and State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE) policies and procedures.

This resource guide provides links to background information about web accessibility requirements, standards, and assessment tools.  Also, the guide includes links to additional resources and reference materials that may be useful to those designing or maintaining web sites and online courses and course materials.

 

Laws, Policies, and Procedures

Per the following laws, regulations, policies, and procedures all System Office and college sponsored web sites, department sites, online courses and online instructional materials should be accessible to individuals with disabilities, consistent with the standards set forth. 

 

Federal

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended)
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
The Telecommunications Act of 1996-Section 255 (as amended)
Federal Acquisition Regulation

 

State

South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code

 

South Carolina Technical College System

SBTCE Policy 4-4-104, Web Accessibility 
SBTCE Policy 4-4-101, Planning and Procurement of Information Technology Equipment, Software, and Services
SBTCE Procedure 4-4-101.1, Procurement of Information Technology Equipment, Software, and Services

 

Web Accessibility Standards

Information about the standards defining the types of technology covered, setting forth provisions that establish a minimum level of accessibility, and recommendations for making web content more accessible is available at the following sites:
Section 508 Standards
U. S. Access Board’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards

Web Accessibility Initiative
http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/
http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

 

Web Accessibility Evaluation Checklists & Tools

Information that  guides the development of accessible web sites and directs assessments about the extent to which standards have been met is available at the following links:

Web Accessibility Checklists
W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative
WebAIM
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, Web Accessibility Evaluation Resources
WebAim, Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
W3C’s Evaluation Sites for Web Accessibility

 

Resources

Additional information about web accessibility issues, reference materials, tools, implementation guides, and assessment/evaluations is available at the following sites:

Federal Government
ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments, Chapter 5:  Website Accessibility under Title II of the ADA
Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities
United States Department of Education’s Assistive Technology Program
United States Department of Justice Section 508 Homepage

South Carolina
Accessibility.sc.gov
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program

Organizations
Center for Accessible Distance Learning, University of Washington
The Accessibility Project
Web Accessibility Initiative

Creating Accessible Microsoft Documents
Texas Assistive Technology Initiative

Video Accessibility
2015 Roadmap to Web Accessibility in Higher Education
ADA Impacts of Video Accessibility
Case Study of Five Colleges
DIY Closed Captioning
Grant Opportunities