(Last Updated September 2016)
School Loop is committed to ensuring all of our products are accessible to all users regardless of ability, age or situation.
The Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal agencies and educational venues to provide software and website accessibility to people with disabilities. When websites are 508 Compliant, they are accessible to all users. This means that they are compatible with assistive technology, such as screen readers. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual’s ability to obtain and use information. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to allow for equal opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies to help achieve these goals.
As a School Loop district, school, or prospective customer, it is important to understand whether or not your website is within accessibility standards. There are several tools that can help you better understand if you’re compliant. School Loop uses the following tools to ensure our hosted websites are compliant:
- WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) evaluates the accessibility of websites
- PowerMapper software helps with mapping, testing and analyzing websites.
You can use the above tools to check on your site to ensure it is compliant with accessibility standards. Often, a few simple tweaks can improve quality, overall design and accessibility. With every release, School Loop runs the updated interface through the above 508 compliance tools to ensure all users can work with our system.