When publicizing events on our COCC Campuses (but not off campus) it is important to include the following Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) statement.
"In advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola at 541.383.7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541.383.7583."
For more information please visit the Services for Students with Disabilities web.
ADA Best Practices for Accessible Web Content
When creating content on the web it is important to consider that an estimated 20% of the population has some kind of disability. Categories of disability types include:
- Visual - Blindness, low vision, color-blindness
- Auditory - Hearing loss or deafness
- Motor - Inability to use a mouse, limited fine motor control
- Cognitive - Learning disabilities, distractibility, inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information
Quick Tips for Web Accessibility and ADA
- Images - Use descriptive "alt" tags to describe the function of each image.
- Fonts - Use websafe fonts such as Arial or Verdana. Use default text sizes so that users can easily scale to enlarge text in their browser.
- Paragraph Styles - Use paragraphs and header styles H1, H2 etc. when creating bold headlines so text readers can use these styles to help users navigate through a web page.
- Color - Font color should be used carefully as it can greatly affect readability. Best practice is to use black or dark grey text on a light background. Highlight items with bold or italics rather than color. An estimated 8% of the male population is color-blind and may not distinguish red from green.
- Hypertext links - Web standard for links is blue color with underline. Avoid using "click here". It is better to use descriptive text for the link that makes sense when read out of context.
- Tables - Make line-by-line reading sensible. Use table headers for columns.
- Multimedia - Provide captioning and descriptions of video and transcripts of audio.
ADA Web Guides and Articles:
W3.org - User tools and guidelines
MSDN Microsoft - Can color-blind users see your site?
Webiam.org - Web Accessibility in Mind