On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board published a final rule This link takes you out of the VTSS-RIC website in the federal register to update Section 508 This link takes you out of the VTSS-RIC website to set Web Content and Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA This link takes you out of the VTSS-RIC website as the new standard for website accessibility. The rule requires adherence to the new accessibility standards twelve months from its date of publication.

Currently, the VTSS-RIC website meets W3C’s WCAG 1.0 Level A This link takes you out of the VTSS-RIC website and current federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508 standards. VTSS-RIC is working towards completing WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance by January 18, 2019.

The goals of the VTSS-RIC Website Accessibility Plan are as follows:

  • All new content posted on this website after January 18, 2018, will meet W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance, either as a single document or in both compliant and non-compliant versions.
  • All content on this website posted prior to January 18, 2018, that does not meet W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance will be remediated by content owners until all files are compliant, prior to January 18, 2019.

Scope

The following action plan addresses the accessibility of content on the main VTSS-RIC website available at https://www.vtss-ric.org and on all other web links established by RIC for official purposes, including conference registration sites, social media sites, and technical assistance sites.

Timeline for accessibility transition:

Goal Preparation (prior to January 18, 2018) Transition Implementation Monitoring
All new content posted on the VTSS-RIC website after January 18, 2018 meets W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance
  • Web team will identify and inventory tools available to RIC staff and contributors.
  • Web team will identify and/or create training.
  • Web team will create templates and/or checklists for content creation
  • Web team members and RIC staff will assist with raising accessibility awareness
  • All RIC staff must read Accessibility statement to ensure of a basic understanding of the importance of accessibility and current accessibility laws. They will also attend basic training on accessibility, in all aspects of conducting business. 
  • RIC staff will be assigned responsibility for accessibility of certain content.
  • All web team members will complete accessibility training.
  • RIC staff will use templates, checklists and/or guidance to create new content meeting WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance.
  • RIC staff will be responsible for testing files to be published.
  • Web team will issue compliance warnings for web requests, when appropriate.
  • Web team will report periodically on accessibility compliance.
  • RIC staff will be responsible for testing files for the website. Any file that is not compliant may be held for posting.
  • Web team will evaluate and update resources and templates.
  • All new RIC will staff read the VTSS-RIC Accessibility statement and complete training.
  • Web team will report periodically on accessibility compliance.
  • RIC staff will be responsible for testing files for the website. Any file that is not compliant may be held for posting.
  • Web team will evaluate and update resources and templates.
  • All new RIC will staff read the VTSS-RIC Accessibility statement and complete training.
All content posted prior to January 18, 2018 on the VTSS-RIC website will meet W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance by January 18, 2019.
  • Web team will analyze current accessibility situation.
  • Web team will provide an office accessibility plan template.
  • RIC staff will use template plan to identify and prioritize content for revision or removal.
  • RIC staff will use template plan to identify and prioritize external content for revision or removal.
  • RIC staff will update or removes contents based on their quarterly plan.
  • RIC quarterly plan is updated and stored each quarter.
  • Webmasters will review updated office plans.
  • RIC staff is responsible for testing files for the website. Any file that is not compliant may be held for posting by the webmasters.
  • Web team will continue to analyze and monitor all content posted prior to January 18, 2018 until updated to the new standard.
  • RIC staff will review progress periodically and prepare remediation plans until all content is compliant.

Don’t have MS Office Applications?

Most of our documents, particularly those compliant with Level AA, will be available on MS Office applications, mainly Word, Excel and PowerPoint. If you do not have MS Office installed on your laptop, desktop or device, you may still view our documents using one of the following suggestions:

  • On Windows 10 PCs, download the free Word, Excel or PowerPoint Mobile application from the Windows Store.
  • On iOS devices, download the free Word, Excel or PowerPoint for iOS application from the Apple Store.
  • On Android devices, download the free Word, Excel or PowerPoint for Android application from the Google Play store.
  • Try Office 365 for free for 1 month, which gives you access to the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more and can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs, plus up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.
  • On Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PCs, upload the file to OneDrive and view it for free using Word, Excel or PowerPoint Online.