Electronic Accessibility Guidelines 

The law has been refreshed and as of January 18, 2018 institutions (anyone who receives federal funding) must ensure websites, emails and MORE are accessible.

What Information Must be Accessible?

  1. Emergency Notifications
  2. Decisions adjudicating administrative claim or proceeding
  3. Program or policy announcements
  4. Notices of benefits, program eligibility, employment opportunity, or personnel action
  5. Formal acknowledgements of receipt
  6. Survey questionnaires
  7. Templates and forms
  8. Educational and training materials

Used with permission from the High-Tech Center Training Unit

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

WCAG 2.1 defines how to make Web content accessible to individuals with disabilities. It is organized around 4 principles and 12 guidelines.

      • Accessibility: Perceivable Icon01: Perceivable
        • Guideline 1.1 - Provide text alternatives for non-text content
        • Guideline 1.2 - Provide alternatives for time-based media
        • Guideline 1.3 - Create content that can be presented in different ways without losing meaning
        • Guideline 1.4 - Make it easier for users to see and hear content
      • Accessibility: Operable Icon02: Operable
        • Guideline 2.1 - Make all functionality available from a keyboard
        • Guideline 2.2 - Give users enough time to read and use content
        • Guideline 2.3 - Do not use content that causes seizures
        • Guideline 2.4 - Help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are
      • Accessibility: Understandable Icon03: Understandable
        • Guideline 3.1 - Make text readable and understandable
        • Guideline 3.2 - Make web pages appear and operate in predictable ways
        • Guideline 3.3 - Help users avoid and correct mistakes
      • Accessibility: Robust Icon04: Robust
        • Guideline 4.1 - Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools


Guidelines for PDF Documents

Mt. SAC is committed to making electronic information accessible to all viewers.

  1. All PDF documents that are created after January 18, 2018 are expected to be accessible.
  2. PDF documents that were posted on the website prior to January 18, 2018 but are frequently used will be converted to accessible PDFs.
  3. Upon request, the college will convert any specific PDF document to an accessible PDF, including those posted on the website prior to January 18, 2018.
  4. By fall 2018 all PDF documents will go through accessibility scans and inaccessible documents will be removed from the website.