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Automating Web Accessibility - California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterAutomated accessibility tools are often perceived as a poor substitute for accessibility testing on websites and other online applications. Automated tools are limited in their ability to identify the full range of accessibility barriers that can impact individuals with disabilities, and none perform the necessary evaluations important for assessing the quality of accessibility repairs. Furthermore, automated tools often report false-positive results requiring human intervention to track down issues in the code that may not be actual accessibility barriers.

California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterFeedback can be a valuable opportunity for a college to understand what students, faculty and staff find beneficial and what areas of the campus may require additional improvement. Feedback from individuals encountering web or information technology (IT) accessibility barriers can be critical in providing access in a timely manner and avoiding discrimination complaints.

California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterMost colleges are aware of their non-discrimination obligations for students with disabilities, and can point to policies and administrative procedures outlining the institution’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus. Policies and administrative procedures are important, but those alone do not promote a culture of access necessary for student success.

California Community Colleges Accessibility Center Help DeskAddressing web and information technology (IT) accessibility topics can often raise more questions than answers. Changes in technology capabilities, including that of assistive technologies for students with disabilities, can create confusion and uncertainty as to what is considered accessible or the best practice for ensuring access.

Accessibil-IT blog: California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterOne question colleges struggle with is how to verify if information and communication technology (ICT) products, such as websites or other IT applications, meet accessibility standards.

Web Accessibility Regulations - California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterIn July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) placed rulemaking for web accessibility regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the inactive list – an indication that no regulations should be expected any time soon.

California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterRecent legal outcomes have identified the expectation for higher education institutions to identify a college representative to oversee information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility issues.

California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterIntroduced in the early 1990s by Adobe Systems, the Portable Document Format (PDF) file offered a solution for sharing visually rich documents. Text, fonts, graphics and other content could be bundled into a single file and be reproduced with the same visual fidelity on other computer systems and printers.

California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterWebsite and information technology access for students with disabilities still poses challenges for colleges. While accessibility policies and procedures are critical for providing guidance and direction to colleges, tools and resources can aid institutions in identifying and fixing actual accessibility issues.