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Make your digital materials accessible to all users with these required practices. Accessibility involves a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities.

Providing access to content for all people is a fundamental part of digital content creation and management.

Our commitment to accessibility is based on  WCAG 2.0 standards, and recommendations from the Los Rios Community College District and the State Chancellor’s office. Strategies for ensuring accessibility vary depending on the type of content being produced and, to a lesser extent, the assistive technology used to access it.

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Accessibility Guidelines

Summary of Laws

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

Section 504

Under  PDF download  Section 504 (PDF) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,  federal agencies, programs, and activities are prohibited from discriminating and requires reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Section 508

Under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, distance education courses need to be designed in an accessible way from the very beginning. Section 508 is very clear on the requirements for Web accessibility, giving very specific standards, which include examples. The point of all the standards is to ensure that materials delivered on the Web are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency’s mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.