We are currently working through an OCR complaint on our old website (filed three weeks before we launched our new website!) and were told we have one of the most compliant websites they’ve seen. OCR said we have some of the fewest accessibility issues, and we have SchoolPointe to thank for that!
We are in the process of responding to a complaint from OCR regarding web accessibility. A year ago, we knew virtually nothing about what this entails. After reading about ADA compliance and opting to go with SchoolPointe for our CMS, we are now well-equipped to respond to the complaint and can easily update the few recommendations that OCR did make. Fortunately our complaint was filed three weeks before we launched our new websites. When we first spoke with a representative from OCR, they told us we had one of the most accessible sites they had seen. Since the claim was filed on our old site, OCR is doing due diligence by scanning our current website and making recommendations, but we have had very little work to do to meet those recommendations. It has been a huge relief to be able to respond to the complaint in this way, and we owe that to the built in ADA accesibility tools of SchoolPointe. In addition, it has been easy for our teachers and webmasters to adapt to these standards because they can scan posts for accessibility before publishing, and because they cannot publish photos without including alternative text. From the technical and the training aspect of becoming compliant, we owe a big thank you to SchoolPointe.
The three recommendations OCR made about our site were to make sure each page has a custom URL (easy!), to make sure our third party links go to accessible pages (this is somewhat out of our control, but not difficult to remedy), and to make sure our fonts and background colors are contrasting (SchoolPointe’s Text Options for Visually Impaired means we don’t have to do anything to satisfy this request!)