We have conformed to the WCAG 2.0 Priority 1 guidelines for web accessibility and are presently WCAG 2 compliant.
College of Education Digital Content Accessibility Policy
- After May 13, 2017 all new or revised Web pages and other Web resources published, hosted or otherwise provided by the College of Education must be in compliance with the standards defined in Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), specifically subsections 1194.22 and 1194.31 of the regulations (36 CFR 1194) implementing section 508.
- Reasonable effort must be taken to ensure that legacy Web pages and resources are in compliance with these subsections of these Federal regulations pertaining to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act no later than May 13, 2017. That effort must be documented. Legacy Web pages and resources will be considered those that are published prior to May 13, 2017.
- Upon specific request, information on legacy Web pages and resources will be made available to any individual needing access to such content, by revision or otherwise, in a time frame commensurate with the nature of the request. The unit responsible for creating the information on the Web is responsible for providing that alternative means of access.
- Upon specific request, information on Web pages and resources in archive status (e.g. no longer in use but subject to records retention plans) containing core administrative or academic information, official records, and similar information) will be made available/accessible to any individual needing access to such content, by revision or otherwise.
- What constitutes a Web page or other Web resource is to be interpreted broadly, and for example, does not depend upon the type of client or host device, the type of software on the client or host devices, or the technical means by which the client and host communicate over the Web.
- Formal requests for access to web pages or resources will be addressed as soon as possible, or an equally effective alternative means of access shall be provided. Equally effective means that it communicates the same information and provides the equivalent functions in as timely a fashion as does the Web page or resource.
- For items 1 and 2 above, undue administrative or financial burdens may contribute to a determination that alternative means of access be used to provide the information to individuals requiring use of the information. If compliance in specific instances appears to be impossible or an undue burden, the College of Education Dean may grant exceptions. Exceptions shall be documented.
- Each Web site must contain a link or contact information to request an alternative means of access, if users have trouble accessing content within the site. This would usually be the Web developer or publisher. The addition of a link or contact person is not sufficient, in and of itself, to comply with the Digital Content Accessibility Policy.
The World Wide Web is a major, if not a primary, source of information for many people. Acknowledging that the College of Education (hereafter referred to as the “COE”) is engaged in Web development and publishing for all its constituencies, this policy establishes minimum standards for Web accessibility.
The COE, along with the UH System, endorses the Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the standard for World Wide Web accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended. W3C is composed of over 400 member organizations world-wide (public and private) developing common protocols to promote the evolution of the World Wide Web and ensure its interoperability. As part of its work, the W3C has developed accessibility guidelines for the World Wide Web. The standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act (Section 508) are consistent with the W3C Guidelines and provide achievable, well documented guidelines for implementation. Moreover, pending revised regulations for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation incorporate W3C 2.0 standards into the Section 508 regulations.
This policy is issued by the Dean of the COE. Non-compliant portions of Web pages and resources will be brought into compliance by designated staff or contractors at the expense of the COE unit responsible for the information on the Web.
WEB ACCESSIBILITY IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES
These procedures implement the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education Digital Content Accessibility Policy.
PRIORITY OF IMPLEMENTATION
Priority should be given to creating accessible Web pages and resources for core institutional information such as course work, registration, advising, admission, catalogs, and student services information. Units should establish priorities for ensuring access to the pages and resources being used or requested most often. For setting priorities to make Web pages and resources accessible, the following guidance is suggested:
All new and revised web pages should be made accessible at the time of creation or revision.
The top 20% of existing Web pages and resources most frequently used (e.g. that get the largest number of hits) should be placed in the first priority for review, and made accessible as needed. Pages and resources required for participation, funding, disability-related services and other key information or functions needed by people with disabilities, not already in the top 20%, should also be placed in the first priority. Each department or college entity is responsible for determining the top 20% used and other first priority Web pages and resources.
Any remaining pages and resources providing core institutional information or functions should be reviewed, and made accessible as priority 2.
All other Web pages and resources should be reviewed, and made accessible as priority 3.
RECOMMENDED ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
A variety of evaluation methods may be used to test the accessibility of Web pages and resources, including automated testing, client and/or device testing, expert evaluation, and user testing.
Narrowly tailored exceptions to this policy may be granted by the COE Dean’s Office in specific instances where compliance is not possible or would constitute an undue administrative or financial burden. To request an exception send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.