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What is web accessibility?

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the World Wide Web. A website without accessibility features can create a barrier to accessing online content. While accessibility focuses on individuals with disabilities, many accessibility requirements improve usability for all people.

Conformance with accessibility guidelines makes the web more user-friendly for all people through Universal Design Principles. By embracing Universal Design Principles, we can de-stigmatize assistive technologies, improve the user experience for all users, and intentionally design inclusive digital spaces for individuals of all abilities.

What is accessible technology?

Accessible Technology is also referred to as “Assistive Technology” or “Auxiliary Aids and Services.” It includes software, equipment, and programs that make content available for use by people with disabilities. Some examples are screen readers used by people who are blind or partially-sighted, video captioning for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or special programming in software that allows for a wide variety of input devices for people with mobility disabilities.

Why is web and technology accessibility important?

As the world relies more and more on technology it is imperative that people with disabilities have access to content and equipment to enable them to fully participate in many fields, including education.

Why does APS provide web and technology accessibility?

Aside from the importance of web and technology accessibility to allow access to people with disabilities, it is the law. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. These laws mandate that people with disabilities are afforded equal access, regardless of their disability, to programs and services that are provided by public entities. This includes public schools.

What do the laws require?

The laws require that:

  1. People with disabilities not be discriminated against
  2. Communications with people with disabilities are as effective as communications with others
  3. That the district make reasonable modifications of practices to ensure equal opportunity and access to website content, software, and equipment for people with disabilities

How do I make sure that the district's web and technology are accessible to me as a person with a disability?

Albuquerque Public Schools is in the process of making sure its websites, content pages, and software programs meet accessibility guidelines. If, because of a disability, you are unable to access content or software on the district’s website, please contact the Web Team.

If I have concerns or problems, who do I contact?