At Saint Mary's College of California we are constantly improving our inclusiveness for students, staff and faculty.
Accessibility is not just about making sure a site or program works properly, but that the greatest number of people have the same access and experience online as well as in the classrooms. To this end we expect our website and the products of those we contract with to meet or exceed the guidelines codified in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.0 level AA. These guidelines go beyond the already federally mandated Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act which are the bare minimum requirements for any entity that receives federal funding. The reasons we adhere to WCAG 2.0 level AA are four-fold we want our site to be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust.
Next, we determine if the product/site is navigable using only the keyboard for limited movement and sight disabilities.
We make sure that the product/site is able to convey all usable information without sound for hearing loss disabilities.
Finally, we check for the ability to use the product/site without a screen for sight disabilities using a screen reader such as JAWS and/or Kurzweil 3000.
Any contract with us will include the necessity to meet the guidelines in WCAG 2.0 level AA.