Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) recognizes the importance of ensuring that our website is accessible to those with disabilities.
This website endeavors to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.and has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
WISD strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability. To that end we have recently reviewed our entire website to identify non-compliant elements or documents and to bring them into compliance. Having recently partnered with Siteimprove, searching the site for errors has, to a large extent, been automated. Weekly reports bring errors like misspellings, broken links, color contrast ranges, etc. to the attention of the webmasters, who either address the problem immediately or request resolution from the appropriate section editor. This process is on-going, ensuring the site remains up-to-date regarding current guidelines.
But we can't do it all, and we do not believe that automated technology will catch every error on the site. If you find something on the website, and believe it to be ADA related matter, please bring it to our attention by clicking on the reporting link, below, filling out the simple form, and submitting it. We will contact you with our solution.
Measuring Compliance: The 508 Standards and Metrics
Web compliance metrics are used to gauge the extent to which educational and government websites are meeting certain technical standards. In this case, the standard to be met is one of accessibility. Section 508 is the federal Accessibility Program run by the GSA. For the full text of Section 508, please see the official government 508 web site (http://www.section508.gov/).
There are sixteen major website accessibility compliant areas that webmaster need to be aware of, when building out a website. All sixteen are the responsibility of the WISD Webmasters.
How do we monitor these areas? We have hired an independent company, Site Improve, to monitor our website for the accessibility metrics as described by the ADA and Section 508. They provide weekly reporting to us, and the webmasters follow up by either correcting the problems listed, or advising our employee-content department managers to correct the problem. Then we follow up with them within a week to make sure the problems are being addressed. Any contrast or embedded linking issues are addressed by our web developers, IGD Solutions.
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Some documents on the WISD website are produced in portable document format (PDF). In order to improve viewing of these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available for free at the Adobe web site.
Reporting problems with the website
We are continually seeking solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing the WISD website, please click on the reporting link, below, fill out the simple form, and submit it for review. We will contact you with our solution.
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