What is Web Accessibility?
The W3C* provides this definition of Web Accessibility:
Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.
W3C – Introduction to Web Accessibility
How does Accessibility Compliance pertain to ACPS?
Because ACPS receives Federal funding, we are legally obligated to comply with Federal Web Accessibility Standards (part of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act), which requires that persons with disabilities have equal access to and use of electronic information technology.
Strictly speaking, Section 508 requires that any and all electronic and information technology used, maintained, developed, or procured by ACPS be accessible to persons with disabilities, including:
- Blindness, color blindness, visual impairment
- Deafness, hearing impairment
- Speech impairment
- Mobility, strength, dexterity or reach impairment
For ACPS web sites, this means our web pages, our PDFs, and all other published electronic information must be compatible with assistive technology commonly used by people with disabilities to read and navigate electronic materials.
The aim of this web site is to provide a practical guide to making ACPS Web Content accessible.
Making Web Content Accessible »
* W3C = World Wide Web Consortium: the organization that sets standards for how the web works.