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District Accessibility Policy

Website Accessibility

The District is committed to providing persons with disabilities an opportunity equal to that of persons without disabilities to participate in the District’s programs, benefits, and services, including those delivered through electronic and information technology, except where doing so would impose an undue burden or create a fundamental alteration. The District is further committed to ensuring persons with disabilities are able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same benefits and services within the same timeframe as persons without a disability, with substantially equivalent ease of use; that they are not excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any District programs, services, and activities delivered online, as required by Section 504 and Title II of the ADA and their implementing regulations; and that they receive effective communication of the District’s programs, services, and activities delivered online.

This policy reflects the Board's commitment and intention to comply with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794, 34 C.F.R. Part 104, Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 12131, and 28 C.F.R. Part 35 in all respects.

  1. Technical Standards

    The District will adhere to the technical standards of compliance identified at The District measures the accessibility of online content and functionality according to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C's) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA 1.1) for web content 
  2. Web Accessibility Coordinator

    The Board designates its Technology Director as the District's Web Accessibility Coordinator(s). That individual is responsible for coordinating and implementing this policy.

    The Board commits to providing the Web Accessibility Coordinator with sufficient resources and authority to coordinate and implement this policy and any corresponding guideline(s), subject to oversight by the Superintendent and the Board.

    The District’s Web Accessibility Coordinator(s) can be reached at 2601 Pole Ave, Lorain OH 44052, 440-830-4035.
  3. Third Party Content

    Links included on the Board’s website(s), apps, and services that pertain to its programs, benefits, and/or services must also meet the above criteria and comply with State and Federal law (e.g. copyright laws, CIPA, Section 504, ADA, and COPPA). While the District strives to provide access through its website to online content provided or developed by third parties (including vendors, video-sharing websites, and other sources of online/digital content) that is in an accessible format, it is not always feasible. The District's administrators and staff, however, are aware of this requirement with respect to the selection of online content provided to students. The District's Web Accessibility Coordinator(s) or designee(s) will vet online content available on its website, apps, and services that are related to the District’s programs, benefits, and/or services for compliance with this criteria for all new content published on the District's website, apps, and services after adoption of this policy.

    Nothing in the preceding paragraph, however, shall prevent the District from including links on the Board’s website(s), apps, and services to:
    1. recognized news/media outlets (e.g., local newspapers' websites, local television stations' websites); or
    2. websites, services, and/or apps that are developed and hosted by outside vendors or organizations that are not part of the District’s program, benefits, or services.

The Board recognizes that such third party websites may contain advertisements that are not age-appropriate or consistent with the requirements of Policy 9700.01, AG 9700B, and State and Federal law.

  1. Regular Audits

    The District will, under the direction of the Web Accessibility Coordinator(s) or designee(s), at regular intervals, audit the District's online content and measure this content against the technical standards adopted above.

    This audit will occur at least annually. 

    If problems are identified through the audit, such problems will be documented, evaluated, and if necessary, remediated within a reasonable period of time.
  2. Reporting Concerns or Possible Violations

    If a person accessing the District's website(s), apps, or services (e.g., a student, prospective student, employee, guest, or visitor) ("user") believes that the District has violated the technical standards identified above in its online content, the user may contact a/the Web Accessibility Coordinator with any accessibility concerns. The user may also file a formal complaint utilizing the procedures set out in Board Policy 2260.01 relating to Section 504 and Title II.

Adopted: January 11, 2024