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Web Accessibility Statement

 

The San Mateo County Community College Districted, comprised of Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College is committed to supporting a diverse community that includes students with disabilities and making its websites accessible to the widest possible audience. We strive to meet or exceed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

We believe a person with a disability must be able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability, and be able to do so in an equally effective manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. Information and services must be made available at the same time to a person with a disability as to a person without a disability.

Report Accessibility Issue

A web form has been created to allow you to notify us of issues if you encounter something that is not accessible.

Students who need accommodations for coursework should contact our Disability Resource Centers

Faculty or staff who need accommodations for their students should contact their College Instructional Technologist. Each college has a center that provides training and assistance to faculty members to ensure that their use of classroom technology and course materials are accessible to all learners. 

Visitors who need accommodations should contact the person, department or organization sponsoring the event.

Accessible Technology 

To help ensure the accessibility of information and technology, the San Mateo County Community College District has launched an accessibility initiative. The Web Accessibility Taskforce meets monthly to discuss web accessibility issues.

Members

District Office:

  • Jasmine Robinson - Director of Web Services (ITS)
  • Chris Smith - Web Support Analyst (ITS)
  • Alan Miller - Programmer Analyst
  • Aung Linn - Programmer Analyst

Cañada College:

  • Max Hartman - Director, DRC
  • Jose Garcia - Visual Communications Coordinator

College of San Mateo:

  • Valerie Tyler - Web Programmer (College of San Mateo)Sue Roseberry
  • Erica Reynolds - Instructional Technologist
  • Stephanie Roach - Librarian - Cataloging (Online and Digital Resources)
  • Beverley Madden - Director, College Development & Marketing

Skyline College:

  • Judy Lariviere - Assistive Technology Computer Specialist
  • Liz Gaudet - Web Programmer
  • Liezl Madrona - Instructional Aide II

 

 

Accessibility References

  1. W3C accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility Software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. Easy Web Browsing, a web browser reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
  3. Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  4. Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.

Accessibility Services

  1. WAVE, a free service from WebAIM to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines.
  2. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  3. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  4. Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

Related Resources

  1. WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.
  2. Designing More Usable Web Sites, a large list of additional resources.