The World Wide Web is a major, if not a primary, source of information for many people. Acknowledging that The Arc of Western Wayne County, Inc. (hereafter referred to as the "The Arc") is engaged in providing Web pages, this policy establishes minimum standards for Web page accessibility. The world-wide web can be a great enabler and source of freedom and ability for people with disabilities.
However, the usefulness of The Arc online, and the wider world-wide web, to people with disabilities and people of age, depends on its accessibility.
The web promises an idea of universal access - a place where everyone is truly equal. This is a bold and exciting aspiration. But if that is to be the case, it means we need to think carefully about what accessibility means:
For people with visual and hearing impairments, as well as those with developmental disabilities, we will ensure that their needs are addressed first and foremost in all services developed from this point on. We must create services that are accessible to all users, of all ages and all abilities, making it easy for every single person to reach our content, and once there, to determine for themselves the value they derive from us.
The Arc endorses the Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the standard for World Wide Web accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. W3C is composed of over 400 member organizations world-wide (public and private) developing common protocols to promote the evolution of the World Wide Web and ensure its inter-operability. As part of its work, the W3C has developed accessibility guidelines for World Wide Web sites and pages.
The standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act (Section 508) are consistent with the W3C Guidelines and provide achievable, well documented guidelines for implementation. All existing, new or revised Web pages published or hosted by The Arc must be in compliance with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508. A revised Web page is a Web page where significant redesign of a page or a major revision of the content of a page takes place.
Each Arc Web page must contain an accessible link or a person to contact if users have trouble accessing content within the site.