ADA Statement

When publicizing events on our COCC Campuses (but not off campus) it is important to include the following Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) statement. For COCC web content use the "ADA Statement" web asset.

AccessibilityIn advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability should contact Caitlyn Gardner at 541-383-7237. 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

  1. Images - Use descriptive "alt" tags to describe the function of each image. This is required in our web CMS.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Color - Font color should be used carefully as it can greatly affect readability. Best practice is to use high contrast colors such as 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.
  5. Hypertext links - When linking to a web page or document, use descriptive text such as: "visit Financial Aid." Avoid using generic link text such as "click here" since it does not give the user any information and is inaccessible for screen readers and search engines.
  6. Tables - Make line-by-line reading sensible. Use table headers for columns.
  7. Multimedia - Provide captioning and text descriptions of video and transcripts of audio.

Additional Information:

Additional accessibility information for COCC web editors is available on the Marketing and Public Relations Employee Intranet.