Forum Guide to Ensuring Equal Access to Education Websites: Introduction to Electronic Information Accessibility Standards. NFES 2011-807
This guide is designed for use by information technology administrators, data specialists, and program staff responsible for the "content" in data reports, as well as education leaders (e.g., administrators who prioritize tasks for technical and data staff), and other stakeholders who have an interest in seeing that schools, school districts, and state education agencies operate in an effective and equitable manner for all constituents, regardless of disability status. It is intended to raise awareness in nontechnical audiences and suggest best practices for complying with Section 508 goals at an operational level in schools, school districts, and state education agencies. This document reflects the judgment of experienced education data managers and information technology specialists. While there is no mandate to follow these principles, the authors hope that the contents will prove a useful reference to others in their work. This paper contains three chapters. Chapter 1 raises awareness about how people with disabilities access electronic information, introduces the federal Section 508 accessibility law, and challenges education leaders to make their electronic resources accessible to all constituents regardless of disability status (i.e., to comply with the law). Chapter 2 describes the technical capabilities required by Section 508 and international guidelines for achieving accessibility. Chapter 3 recommends practical strategies for planning to improve accessibility and comply with Section 508 standards in an education organization. Appended are: (1) Forum/NCES Resources & Selected State Laws and Policies Governing Accessible Technologies; (2) Section 508 Leadership Indicators from the U.S. General Services Administration; (3) Commonly Asked Questions About Section 508; and (4) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. (Contains 1 table, 7 figures and 13 footnotes.)
. Forum Guide to Ensuring Equal Access to Education Websites: Introduction to Electronic Information Accessibility Standards. NFES 2011-807.