School Districts are Legally Required to Have ADA Accessible Websites—Free Training Available
The Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") requires state and local governments, including school districts, charter schools, community colleges and education service districts, to have ADA accessible websites.1 Although the ADA does not lay out specific website rules, the federal government has established flexible guidelines for accessible web pages. A list of resources can be found on the U.S. Department of Justice website at https://www.ada.gov/websites2.htm.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) is launching a technical initiative webinar series to assist schools in making their websites and online programs accessible. The webinar series will provide technology professions with information and tips on website and online program accessibility. U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, launched this webinar series on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, aiming “to ensure programs, services, and activities are accessible to everyone.”
The first three webinars will take place on the following dates:
Webinar 1: May 29, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT)
Webinar 2: June 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT)
Webinar 3: June 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT)
If you are interested in participating in any of these webinars, please send your request to OCR at OCRWebAccessTA@ed.gov; include your name, preferred webinar date, and contact information.
OCR is also willing to conduct personalized and interactive webinars with individual schools. If a school elects for a personalized interactive webinar, then OCR staff will assess and identify a sampling of web accessibility concerns and address them individually. If you are interested in participating in a personalized webinar, please send your request to OCRWebAccessTA@ed.gov. More information regarding the webinar schedule and registration can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/iwcs.html.