WCAG 2.0

A student with a low vision disability sparked allegations that the University was in violation of the ADA. The student fell behind in coursework due to a lack of accessible course materials, prompting the student to dropout early in the quarter.

In a Justice Department announcement yesterday, it was said that a settlement was reached with Louisiana Tech University and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System to remedy the alleged violations to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The University agreed to implement several policies that require they deploy learning technology, web pages and course material that meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.

Read more about Louisiana Tech University adopting WCAG 2.0 level AA standard in a settlement with the Feds.

Read the Department of Justice Press Release here.

WAI's Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) invites your comments on an updated draft of Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility.

Easy Checks helps you answer the question, "Does this web page address accessibility?". It provides simple steps for anyone who can use the web; no accessibility knowledge or skill is required. The checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive.

The updated draft posted today includes new sections on:

Accessible websites will be the subject of the next webinar in the Board’s free monthly series to be held on July 11 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET). This session will review requirements in the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, also known as WCAG 2.0, issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The Board, which is updating its Section 508 standards for information and communication technology, has proposed referencing the WCAG 2.0 to address web accessibility.

To register for this free webinar, visit www.accessibilityonline.org. Questions for the webinar can be submitted in advance through this website.

Weight Watchers announced today that they have an ongoing initiative to make its websites, iOS mobile applications and print information more accessible and inclusive for its members and subscribers with visual impairments and will conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA. 

Read More About Weight Watchers Accessibility Initiatives

Lainey Feingold stated, "Weight Watchers has been a great partner in Structured Negotiations with the ACB and blind Weight Watchers members.   Linda Dardarian, of the Oakland civil rights firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, and I represented the blind community."

According to Cornell University, in 2011 there was an estimated 14,144,300 (4.9%) people in the United States with a cognitive disability.  Broadly speaking, intellectual disabilities pertain to difficulties with memory; problem-solving:  attention, reading, linguistic, and verbal comprehension; math comprehension; and visual comprehension. Intellectual disabilities range from mild, moderate or severe and many people have one or more intellectual disability.

Here is an upbeat (literally) concise video on web accessibility.  In three minutes and twenty seven seconds the folks down under (Australia - Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) have put together a big band introduction/reminder of what web accessibility is:

  • Universality – think about and expand your audience
  • Legal Requirement
  • Everyone’s Responsibility
  • Easy – structure, alternatives

“What you do at the start makes it easier in the end.”

Yes, an audio version is also downloadable.

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