A recent study by the coordinator of assistive communication and information-technology accessibility at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Jon Gunderson reviewed 183 institutions on how their web pages treat blind students using a text-to-speech reader. In essence, he was conducting a measure of their section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. His findings, in an easy to sort table can be found here:
What are we able to glean from this report? College websites are still not getting it done. Particularly when it comes to Online Admissions Applications, scores are often unsatisfactory. While the threshold for what is acceptable tends to be judged by a grey, faded line it’s easy to see there is tremendous room for improvement. As judged by some of the feedback from the report, some schools don’t appreciate the spotlight. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this is an area that some schools are not pursuing to their detriment. Legal action has already been pursued in California, and not creating a web policy that seeks out a route to full compliance is putting your institution in jeopardy. Many of the major Higher Education vendors have not adjusted their software lines to accommodate this requirement.
SimpleApply is prepared to help you address this requirement affordably and quickly without sacrificing quality. We encourage you to learn more about this topic and not let it linger. This is a problem that way can remedy together for the good of your incoming class. To learn more about our section 508 compliant software, please select Products and Services above.