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Have You Considered Creating an Accessibility Statement?

As schools have worked hard to make their websites accessible, many have employed automated tools to scan the website, checking for any accessibility issues. While these tools are critical to our accessibility efforts, they, like any accessibility checker, have their limits. Even with automated scanners, expert reviews, and user testing, the truth is that it is possible to miss something.

Accessibility Statements can be a helpful and effective way for your district to communicate its ongoing commitment to accessibility and provide a means for end users to notify you if they encounter a lingering accessibility issue. These statements are already a requirement for public bodies across the European Union and have also been required as part settlements between the U.S. Department of Justice and public and private organizations.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a created an easy to use accessibility statement generator that will guide you through a step-by-step process that produces a usable Accessibility Statement for your website. You can also learn more and find links to a variety of real world Accessibility Statements in Lainey Feingold’s post about accessibility statements.