Voluntary Action Plan for Accessible Websites
(as recommended by U.S. Dept. of Justice, 10/4/2018, PDF)
1. Establish a policy that your web pages will be accessible and create a process for implementation.
2. Ensure that all new and modified web pages and content are accessible by:
3. Check the HTML of all new web pages. Make sure that accessible elements are used, including alt tags, long descriptions, and captions, as needed.
Yes. All new web pages contain accessible elements.
4. If images are used, including photos, graphics, scanned images, or image maps, make sure to include alt tags and/or long descriptions for each.
Yes. All images use ALT TAGs, Blackboard’s platform ensures this.
5. If you use online forms and tables, make those elements accessible.
Yes. All tables use accessible elements.
6. When posting documents on the website, always provide them in HTML or a text-based format (even if you are also providing them in another format, such as Portable Document Format (PDF).
Yes. All essential information is made accessible in both HTML and PDF form. This process is on-going as we have hundreds of PDFs on our web site.
7. Develop a plan for making your existing web content more accessible. Describe your plan on an accessible web page. Encourage input on improvements, including which pages should be given high priority for change. Let citizens know about the standards or guidelines that are being used. Consider making the more popular web pages a priority.
Yes. We meet on a regular basis with our Student Services department and post to let our community know our web pages are accessible.
8. Ensure that in-house staff and contractors responsible for web page and content development are properly trained.
Yes. We provide training on our Blackboard Web Platform to all content editors.
9. Provide a way for visitors to request accessible information or services by posting a telephone number or E-mail address on your home page. Establish procedures to assure a quick response to users with disabilities who are trying to obtain information or services in this way.
Yes. We solicit input from our community on our web sites and social media
10. Periodically enlist disability groups to test your pages for ease of use; use this information to increase accessibility.
Yes. Accessibility monitoring tools are currently under development such as http://ally.ac/