Web Accessibility in K-12 Schools: Hot Links


Craig Giesy
Boise State University

Learner Description: This website was created for K-12 Educators who create or use websites in their classrooms.

What is the role of Web Accessibility in K-12 schools?

There are rules and regulations that K-12 Educators must abide by. Lets review them.

  1. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: Section 504 is a civil rights law that protects individuals with disabilities against any discrimination. This section apples to employers and organizations who receive federal funding, which includes K-12 schools.
  2. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): There are arguments regarding whether or not the ADA applies to the Internet. There have been many lawsuits over the issue in recent years; therefore, it is wise to be familiar with the Act when creating a web page.
  3. Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Many schools are adding appropriate use of the Internet to their curriculum. If curricular sites aren't offered to students with disabilities, it will be in violation of IDEA.

Web Accessibility

Now that we know the role of Web Accessibility in education we need to know exactly what web accessibility is.

Web Accessibility deals with the ability that people with disabilities can use the web.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act defines web accessibility rules and regulations in a way that stems out to all website creators. Not just K-12 Educators. The Section 508 page can be found at http://www.section508.gov/

AccessIT is a website that promotes the use of the Internet for people with disabilities in all educational institutions. Visit AccessIT to find resources, answers to questions, and more knowledge of accessibility for people with disabilities.

Monitoring Accessibility

Monitoring accessibility is made easier by websites that let you plug in the sites address and check its accessibility.

List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools: You can look on this extensive list of evaluation tools to find one that fits your needs.

Cynthia Says Portal: This is an accessibility evaluation tool that complies to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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