All Citrus College web sites must comply with Priority One Accessibility Checkpoints as defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Accommodations in technology accessibility are dynamic and therefore software and hardware tools will continue to change. The district will make every effort to keep abreast of these changes and have the tools available to assess compliance.

The WAI has developed principles of "universal design" which promote a high degree of usability for people with visual, aural, and cognitive disabilities. The WAI states:

These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all web content developers such as page authors, site designers and for developers of authoring systems. The primary goal of these guidelines is to promote accessibility. However, following them will also make Web content more available to all users, whatever user agent they are using (e.g., desktop browser, voice browser, mobile phone, automobile-based personal computer, etc.) or constraints they may be operating under (e.g., noise surroundings, under- or over-illuminated rooms, in a hands-free environment, etc.). Following these guidelines will also help people find information on the Web more quickly. These guidelines do not discourage content developers from using images, video, etc., but rather explain how to make multimedia content more accessible to a wide audience.

It is also recommended that use of a software tool, such as Bobby, be used to identify and repair significant barriers to access by individuals with disabilities. There are many tools like Bobby, and while the tools cannot ensure that the web site meets all Priority 1 standards, they do point out most accessibility problems. For example, Bobby does not report spelling errors, non-descriptive or lack of alt tags, Javascript or multimedia (Flash).

Access to resources on campus or questions regarding accessibility may be directed to Laks Floriano, lfloriano@citruscollege.edu  

The following are links to accessible web design resources: