An initial assessment of district and college websites was conducted against accessibility requirements as outlined in Section 508. It was determined that the websites needed to be completely redesigned to meet current web standards and requirements.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) was provided to a number of leading firms to redesign the District and college websites and provide a Content Management System (CMS) solution. Meeting current web standards and accessibility requirements was a major driving requirement for the redesign project.
A Website Workgroup was formed to assess various website proposals and to select the best one to meet the districts needs. Hannon Hill was selected as the primary vendor to provide the district with a Content Management System. Hannon Hill sub contracted with Articulate Solutions to provide a website design to meet current accessibility requirements as defined in Section 508 as well as meeting WCAG 2.0 AA.
District web development team attended web accessibility training conducted by WebAim located at Utah State University.
A number of accessibility training sessions were conducted at the district campuses for staff that included instruction on how to create accessible documents. Staff training was conducted by the California Community Colleges High Tech Center Training Unit.
District web development team created an inventory spreadsheet of all documents published to the public web servers. This inventory was made available to department managers across the district to assess status and priority level for each document. Documents deemed high priority would be remediated for accessibility first.
An accessibility resources page was developed that includes a number of resources for staff. Resources include guides for creating accessible Word and Adobe documents and free Linda.com training resources for learning accessibility.
Establish an accessibility team or committee to review and update District accessibility policy.
Purchase SiteImprove to further improve the accessibility of District websites. Currently the District web development team is using a variety of free tools for testing accessibility that is proving to be cumbersome and inefficient. SiteImprove will allow the District web development team to locate and correct accessibility issues more quickly.
Continue to build out a District accessibility website that will contain District policy, training resources, guidelines, checklists, etc. The goal of the site is to make learning accessibility as simple as possible for District staff.
Provide closed captioning for videos.
Conduct an accessibility awareness survey to determine future training needs for the District.
Conduct an accessibility audit of each District and campus website to ensure the sites are continuing to meet WCAG 2.0 AA and current Section 508 requirements. Improvements will be identified during this audit.
Performance tuning of the District and college home pages to load quicker on slower networks such as 3G.
Redesign the District Police Department website using the Districts new Content Management System to meet current web standards. The site shall be redesigned to be responsive so that it will work on any device and shall meet WCAG 2.0 AA and Section 508 standards.
Redesign the Measure E & C websites using the Districts new Content Management System to meet current web standards. The site shall be redesigned to be responsive so that it will work on any device and shall meet WCAG 2.0 AA and Section 508 standards.
Redesign the Center for International Trade Development website using the Districts new Content Management System to meet current web standards. The site shall be redesigned to be responsive so that it will work on any device and shall meet WCAG 2.0 AA and Section 508 standards.