Web Accessibility Compliance in Higher Education - Fully Meet Legal Requirements and Student Needs

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Universities face liability if their web content is inaccessible. As college campuses adopt new technologies and make their communication increasingly digital, disability rights advocates fight to ensure students with disabilities aren’t left behind. Navigating the complex legal landscape isn’t easy, and many schools aren’t aware of their unintentional violations.

View these slides to make sure your college website complies with sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and that you can extend full web and IT access to every student.

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Web Accessibility Compliance in Higher Education - Fully Meet Legal Requirements and Student Needs

  1. 1. Web Accessibility in Higher Education Why it Matters andWhatYou Have to Do Ken Nakata, JD, CIPP/US HiSoftware
  2. 2. About Ken Nakata •  Director,Accessibility Consulting Practice, HiSoftware –  Worked for twelve years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. –  Argued on behalf of the United States government many times before the federal courts. –  Helped shape the government’s policies for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. –  In 2000,Attorney General Janet Reno presented Nakata with the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Information Technology.
  3. 3. Structure of Presentation 1.  Traditional Laws and Regulations Requiring Web Accessibility 2.  How They Are Used for Suing Colleges and Universities 3.  New Laws and Regulations Requiring Even Greater Levels of Web Accessibility 4.  WhatYou Should Do to Prepare
  4. 4. Traditional Laws and Regulations Requiring Web Accessibility
  5. 5. Two Types of Laws and Regulations Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0
  6. 6. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0 General Concepts: •  Program Access: When “viewed in its entirety” •  Looks at every way that a programs are offered (live, web, different locations, etc.)
  7. 7. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0 Specific Laws: •  Section 504: Do you receive federal funding ANYWHERE? •  ADATitle II: Are you a public entity (part of a state or local government)?
  8. 8. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0 Examples: •  Kindle settlement agreements •  Web accessibility and Penn State University
  9. 9. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0
  10. 10. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0 Overall Concept •  Universal design requirements that apply to “new stuff” (procurements or newly developed web pages)
  11. 11. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0 Section 508 •  Section 508 applies only to Federal govt. •  BUT most states have created their OWN Section 508 laws and policies
  12. 12. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0 WCAG 2.0 AA •  Not legally required, per se (not currently in any law or regulation in U.S.) •  But quickly becoming the de facto standard
  13. 13. Program-Based Laws and Regulations Section 504 ADA Title II Standards-Based Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines Section 508 WCAG 2.0 Examples: •  IT procurement policies at many universities •  WCAG 2.0 AA now an accepted requirement in all settlements
  14. 14. New Developments •  New Section 508 standards coming – Harmonize to WCAG 2.0 AA – Huge international trend toward WCAG 2.0 AA
  15. 15. New Developments •  New ADA Regulations for Web Coming – State and Local Entities First. – Will likely harmonize to WCAG 2.0
  16. 16. New Developments •  New FCC “CVAA” regulations affecting: – New communication technologies (chat, messaging, etc.) – New televised multimedia productions
  17. 17. Goals •  WCAG 2.0 AA Compliance •  Complete “program access” to people with disabilities
  18. 18. Where to Start •  Benchmark your web content against WCAG 2.0 – Consider outsourcing – Consider automated tools •  Perform a Section 504/Title II Review – Get a Copy of the Title II Action Guide
  19. 19. How to Get There •  Start Small – 1-2 requirements at a time – Back up with training and resources – Benchmark success (using automated technology) to justify expanding requirements
  20. 20. Process Followed by Successful Clients
  21. 21. About HiSoftware •  Content-aware Compliance and Security •  Customer model focused on: –  Global 2000 (FinServ | Pharma | Healthcare | Utilities) –  US and International Central Governments, State and Local Governments –  Higher Education •  Over 1,250 customers since 2007, spread across five continents •  Global presence with offices in Nashua, NH; Redmond,WA;Washington, DC; Melbourne,AUS Trusted by Customers
  22. 22. Questions Ken Nakata k.nakata@hisoftware.com

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