We focus on the guiding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion while creating content for everyone who engages with Mid. Everyone has unique abilities and limits to those abilities. Solving accessibility issues for all people benefits all individuals who interact with Mid and the information we provide.
Inaccessible information and media negatively impacts all users, and especially those with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, specific learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorders among other conditions.
Mid's commitment to these guiding principles is now formally stated in our Accessibility Policy which corresponds to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
In addition to the policy, this website serves as a resource site with training tools, tips on creating accessible content in a variety of formats, accepted accessibility testing methods, ADA compliance, accommodation services, diversity statistics, and global initiatives that are taking place across the campus community. These resources are meant to assist content creators in meeting the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines.
The team at Mid is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and the content we create are fully accessible. Accessible technology includes electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that may be used by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
What does accessible mean?
Mid has adopted the definition of “accessible” used by the U.S. Department of Education in resolutions with postsecondary institutions regarding civil rights complaints about the inaccessibility of their IT.
“Accessible” means a person with a disability is “afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. The person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally, and independently as a person without a disability."
(source: Resolution Agreement: South Carolina Technical College System, OCR Compliance Review No. 11-11-6002)
four key CONCEPTS of accessibility
- Content must be perceivable
- Content must be operable
- Content must be understandable
- Content must be robust
What needs to be accessible?
Any and all administrative, research, and academic content applications must be accessible including, but not limited to
- Video and Audio Content
- Electronic Documents
- Desktop, Mobile, and Cloud-Based Applications
- Content and Learning Management Systems
- Email and Calendars
- Library Resources
- Computers and Peripherals
- Information Kiosks
- Digital Signs
- Classroom Technologies
When purchasing technology be sure to request product accessibility information, and include accessibility statements in all contracts.