A committee consisting of internal stakeholders and technical staff was created in October 2016 to draft and approve a Plan for New Content and Standard Operating Procedures for the district's web pages. Its charge was to:
- Refresh the design of the current websites.
- Establish a consistent web experience across all sites for stakeholders.
- Create expectations and standard operating procedures for maintenance of the websites to ensure that content posted is accessible to all stakeholders.
- Develop a training plan and timeline for rolling out the new guidelines and websites.
Benchmarks for Accessibility
To ensure the accessibility of our web pages, the district will reference a set of nationally-recognized accessible technology standards.
Web Accessibility Initiative
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an effort coordinated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international standards organization for the World Wide Web. The WAI has published multiple guidelines for accessibility that address a variety of web-related technologies, including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA).
The district will use the following benchmark to evaluate and improve its websites:
Adherence to this accessible technology standard is one way the Arlington ISD will ensure people 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 their nondisabled peers, with substantially equivalent ease of use. It will ensure that they are not excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any of the district's required programs, services and activities delivered online, as required by Section 504 and Title II and their implementing regulations. It will also ensure that they receive effective communication of the District's programs, services, and activities delivered online.