ADA and OCR compliance

Introducing the latest technology in website accessibility compliance!

A.C.E. (Accessibility Compliance Engine), developed and trademarked exclusively by SchoolDesk,  is a proprietary application designed to ensure that all of our sites meet or exceed the highest levels of compatibility for disabled or challenged users of any school websites (WCAG 2.0, ADA Section 508, A, AA, and even AAA).

We are dedicated to always striving to ensure that our platform is as accessible as possible for every student, teacher, and community member. While no one can guarantee 100% compliancy at all times, we can say with confidence that every website function and application on your website will meet every ADA compliance requirement to ensure you can deliver ALL content to ALL users.

How do we do it?  At the top of every SchoolDesk website is a simple "ADA Bar" that gives users the opportunity to instantly convert your entire fully-styled website into a format that is completely ADA and screen-reader compliant so that users with any type of disabilities may quickly and easily read your website through whatever means they require.  Regardless of the type of content entered by the site administrator, A.C.E. will instantly remove all non-compliant code and styling, and even alert them to items that need special attention or additional information required in order to be fully compliant.

Whether the user requires small fonts, large fonts, high contrast, or uses any type of screen-reader device, they will be able to do so without issue through the automatically converted form of your website with just a single click or key stroke.  Users can also switch back to the fully-styled version of the website with just a single click.

In fact, when users first arrive at a SchoolDesk website, they will be given the opportunity to select the fully compliant, ADA version of the website, which removes most standard website styling, colors, fonts and other items that are difficult for disabled users to view, or they may proceed to the fully-styled version of the site for those who do not have any special reading or viewing requirements.  And, of course, users may switch between the two formats quickly and easily, at any time, with just a single click or key stroke.

The WCAG 2.0 Standards

The principles, guidelines and success criteria in WCAG stay fixed, but techniques are periodically updated, so the SchoolDesk A.C.E. system will be continually updated to meet with future guideline changes and updates as they are made public. 

The four basic principles involved in WCAG compliance are that all websites must be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust, or POUR. Within each principle are guidelines, and within each guideline are techniques and failure examples.

Here's a list directly from W3C and WAI:

Perceivable

  • Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
  • Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
  • Create content that can be presented in different ways,
    including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
  • Make it easier for users to see and hear content.

Operable

  • Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
  • Give users enough time to read and use content.
  • Do not use content that causes seizures.
  • Help users navigate and find content.

Understandable

  • Make text readable and understandable.
  • Make content appear and operate in predictable ways.
  • Help users avoid and correct mistakes.

Robust

  • Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools.

Compliance Levels

Level A Compliance

 Level A conformity isn't difficult, but it also provides the least benefit to impaired users. The focus of this level is making it easier for browser readers to navigate and translate the site. While this is an improvement for many websites, it doesn't make a site as accessible as the DOJ would like it to be. 

Level AA Compliance

 Level AA is a little more significant, and makes sites accessible to people with a wider range of disabilities, including the most common barriers to use. It won't impact the look and feel of the site as much as Level AAA compliance, though it does include guidance on color contrast and error identification. Most businesses should be aiming for Level AA conformity, and it appears to reflect the level of accessibility the DOJ expects. 

WCAG 2.0 Level AA is roughly equivalent to the standards in Section 508, although WCAG documentation is more specific and more clearly defined than what's included in Section 508. 

Level AAA Compliance

 Level AAA is the most demanding level of accessibility compliance, and it will significantly affect the design of the site. However, it also makes a website accessible to the widest range of people with disabilities.

As mentioned above, under each WCAG 2.0 principle is a list of guidelines, and under each guideline are compliance standards, with techniques and failure examples at each level. Some guidelines include only Level A items; others include items for multiple levels of conformance, building from A to AAA. At each stage, you can easily see what more you would need to do to reach Level AA or AAA. In this way, many websites include elements at multiple levels of accessibility.

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