Web Services Accessibility
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|Policy Name: Web Services Accessibility|
|Policy Number: 207.3|
|Effective Date: June 12, 2008|
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (1990) and the Rehabilitation Act Section 504 (173), it is the policy of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to make UALR Web page information and online course material (hereafter “Internet content”) accessible to persons with disabilities in order to provide them with effective communication through the Internet.
Communication should be, to the extent possible, as effective for persons with disabilities as it is for persons without disabilities. This includes information that departments, programs, faculty, or staff present over the Internet. The UALR policy is designed to ensure that the communication available to Internet users with disabilities is effective and useful. With that in mind, Internet content will follow the guidelines as promulgated by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C/WAI).
The policy does not cover the accessibility of sites outside of UALR to which a UALR page may be linked. However, UALR encourages other providers to make their content accessible. An exception: if outside links are required course content, this content must be accessible.
It is required that designers of UALR Internet content comply with the Priority 1 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from the W3C/WAI (hereafter “Priority 1 Guidelines”) in order to make Internet content minimally accessible. Compliance with Priority 1 Guidelines means that UALR Internet content must receive an approval rating from a self-assessment tool as recommended by Computing Services.
Department chairs and directors are responsible for communicating the information to full- and part-time faculty and staff that new Internet content and modifications to existing Internet content should be made in accordance with this policy.
Source: Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Provost web page
Revised: July 15, 2004; September 29, 1998
Approved By: Melanie Thornton