WVU Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is required to be ADA compliant through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Please refer to the full specifications to see what is required by law:
- Section 504: Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Section 508: Full Text of the Standards and Guidelines
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act contains scoping and technical requirements for Information and Communication Technology to ensure accessibility and usability by individuals with disabilities. WCAG 2.0 is the technical standard.
These laws support WVU's inclusive mission.
Definition of Accessible
The following is the definition of accessible according to the Office of Civil Rights:
“Accessible” means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. The person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally and independently as a person without a disability. Although this might not result in identical ease of use compared to that of persons without disabilities, it still must ensure equal opportunity to the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by the technology and equal treatment in the use of such technology.
Office of Civil Rights in the Resolution Agreement with South Carolina Technical College System
Providing accessible ICT to WVU's stakeholders applies to the following forms of ICT:
- Electronic Documents
- Social Media
For more information about the scope of ICT, please refer to § 1194.4 "Definitions" of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education On Campus: Legal Obligations for Accessibility
- Web Accessibility Law in Higher Education by the NCDAE.