Summer is a good time to take stock of big issues, such as the accessibility of your school's website. How is your school or district doing? Can your students use the website? Can they communicate using the same tools every other student uses? Can they use the course materials? Perhaps this will give them a nudge...
Why Public Schools Need to Audit Their Website for Accessibility Right Now describes the current crackdown on public school districts, as well as institutions of higher education. When it comes to web accessibility, the prevailing attitude at most schools is "we'll get to it when we have to." That day seems to be approaching now for public schools in the United States. The websites of 350 educational institutions are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for their accessibility to people with disabilities. The OCR is cracking down on public school districts to ensure their websites are ADA-compliant.
The article includes helpful resources for testing and remediating websites:
- 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content
- Tips for Making Online Documents Accessible: Word, PowerPoint, Excel & PDF
- Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility
- Bonus Tips on Web Accessibility Testing with David Berman