Accessibility

Appalachian State University is dedicated to providing the best web experience possible to all users. We are currently in the process of updating web pages that do not conform to Section 508, for accessibility for the disabled. Please keep in mind that this effort is an ongoing process and that some pages you encounter may not be accessible. If you find a page which is not compliant, please let us know.

Legal requirements

Appalachian State University is required by Federal law to provide access to its programs and services to all qualified individuals. A U.S. Department of Justice Policy Ruling on September 9, 1996 confirmed that the ADA applies to Internet web pages. Most recently, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, established federally recognized standards on web accessibility.

These laws prevent state instutions from constructing buildings with no wheelchair access, and similarly, they require universities to create websites that are accessible to persons who utilize screen readers to navigate the internet, can not hear audio content, are unable to use a mouse, etc.

According to the Section 508, any web pages hosted by a state or federally funded institution must be in compliance with the law.

Learn more

To learn more about accessibility and ensuring compliance with the law, read the complete listing of Section 508 standards covering web-based intranet and internet information and applications.

Full details on compliance can be found on ADA, the Federal Government Section 508, and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

We cover several accessibility issues in our workshops. Review guidelines for a rundown of necessary steps, or contact us.