It is the policy and practice of the University of Wisconsin Parkside to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, other federal mandates, and state and local requirements regarding individuals with disabilities. Under these laws, no individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines [WCAG 2.0] is a technical accessibility standard developed to provide a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments. It has 12 guidelines that are organized under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. For each guideline, there are testable success criteria, which are at three levels: A, AA, and AAA.
The University of Wisconsin Parkside's target for meeting information technology accessibility standards is WCAG 2.0 Level AA. The Level AA success criteria provide a reasonable goal for websites / web applications, LMS / course content, and also function as a helpful metric for services that are not specifically web-based.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national and global communities. To fulfill this mission, Student Accessibility Services recognizes that all persons who are disabled are an integral part of our society. Further, it is our goal to effectively collaborate with students, instructors, staff and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments.
Parkside & Technology Resources
- Administrative Policy 97
- Closed Captioning Request Form
The Center on Accessible Distance Learning - University of Washington
JAWS Keystrokes [pdf]
JAWS Quick Start Guide [pdf]
Laws, Policies, & Standards
UW-Parkside Administrative Policy & Guidelines
- Policy 97: Media Accessibility
- Policy 15: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
Resolutions Agreements and Lawsuits
- Higher Ed Accessibility Lawsuits, Complaints, and Settlements
- Settlement Agreement Between the U.S. and Louisiana Tech University
- OCR Montana Resolution Agreement [PDF]
- Penn State / National Federation of the Blind Settlement
- OCR University of Cincinnati Compliance Review [PDF]
- IT Accessibility Risk Statements and Evidence
Published by the association for information technology in higher education (EDUCAUSE), with the purpose of identifying risks that IT leaders/universities should consider during their risk management process.
- Department of Justice Accessible Technology Website
News & Updates
- Implementation of and Solutions for Closed Captioning in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education
Institutional Research Study/Oregon State
- Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Captions and Transcripts
Student Survey Report/Oregon State
- Access, Accessibility: The Future of Technology on Campus
Higher Education Today
- The Center on Accessible Distance Learning
University of Washington