SOURCE: Bureau of Internet Accessibility

Bureau of Internet Accessibility

November 16, 2017 13:26 ET

The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is cracking down on school websites

PROVIDENCE, RI--(Marketwired - November 16, 2017) - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is cracking down on school websites, and schools are scrambling to avoid conflicts with the OCR to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to programs, services, and activities.

The OCR was extremely active by the middle of 2016, launching over 224 investigations into web accessibility cases involving websites, distance learning, remote apps and online educational organizations, citing violations with school and university website's digital coursework, multimedia and library resources.

To assist schools in avoiding web accessibility lawsuits, the Bureau of Internet Accessibility is launching a four-part online series. This series will help schools and administrators answer complicated questions, provide the proper steps to plan with accessibility in mind, and take preventative action to identify compliance problems before they are sued. The first article in this series is titled, "How Schools Can Plan for Web Accessibility & Avoid Fines," and is available now at https://www.boia.org/blog/how-to-plan-your-schools-website-for-accessibility-avoid-fines

About the Bureau of Internet Accessibility:

Mobile and Web accessibility compliance is a requirement, but trying to understand the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and how they relate to ADA, ACAA, OCR, AODA, Section 508 and other compliance requirements, can be confusing.

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) has been helping eliminate the accessibility digital divide since 2001. The organization's reports, tools, and services have assisted businesses in improving, maintaining, and proving the accessibility of their websites. With services that include self-help tools, audits, training, remediation and implementation support, BoIA has the experience and expertise to ensure that accessibility efforts are worthwhile and successful.

For more information, visit www.BoIA.org.

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