Ready Education is the leading mobile platform for campus life in North America. From the start, we have been a leader in shaping the way that mobile technologies are used in higher education. Part of this goal is to ensure that everyone on campus has access to the same software and technology.
Sharing this goal is the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The ADA has set guidelines to ensure vendors make their products accessible to those with disabilities.
This FAQ details the current standards of web and mobile design interface and states how Ready Education's technology satisfies the required guidelines set forth by the ADA and other organizations prioritizing the accessibility of software (such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or WCAG).
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. It prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. It is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities (http://www.ada.gov, 2015).
The Department of Justice published revised regulations for Titles II and III of the ADA on September 15, 2010. These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (the "2010 Standards"). They state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
How does a company comply with the ADA?
The ADA encourages self-regulation of accessibility standards. Organizations are encouraged to use the Section 508 (an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973), the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
Section 508 Compliance
The US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was amended in 1986 and again in 1998 to include all information technology, including computer hardware, software and documentation. Typically, vendors must supply a completed VPAT form for section 508 Compliance.
For details about Ready Education's compliance with section 508, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets the main international standards for the World Wide Web and its accessibility. W3C created the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) which are similar to Section 508, but on an international level. WCAG 2.0 requires specific techniques for compliance and is more current than Section 508. Most institutions are encouraged by the ADA to have a level of compliance equal to or greater than “AA”.
Here is a quick overview of what WCAG 2.0 deems important for accessible design:
- Provide text alternatives for nonVtext content.
- Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
- Create content that can be presented in different ways, including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
- Make it easier for users to see and hear content.
- Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
- Give users enough time to read and use content.
- Do not use content that causes seizures.
- Help users navigate and find content.
- Make text readable and understandable.
- Make content appear and operate in predictable ways.
- Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
- Maximize'compatibility with current and future user tools.
Ready Education developers build product interfaces with these guidelines in mind. For details, please contact email@example.com.
As mobile applications are recent formats for consuming content (relative to web and traditional print) there are few organizations that have specific guidelines for accessible mobile design. The leaders in this space are Apple and Google and both companies have guidelines and built in tools for developers to leverage to make their apps more accessible to those with disabilities. You can find more information about their respective guidelines here:
Developers at Ready Education take advantage of many of the features that are available through the operating system such as Google Talk Back or iOS speak screen (screen reading technology), color inversion, text size increase, speech to text and text to speech. For a detailed analysis of the features the Ready Education mobile apps support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready Education bases the success of our app and platform on our relationship with the institution. An app that fully encompasses student life is not possible without campus involvement and as such Ready Education does whatever we can to ensure a functional mutually beneficial relationship with all our customers. We pledge to work with you to ensure all your students can access the app content.
For further information, we invite you to contact email@example.com to arrange an introduction to our lead accessibility engineer.