The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to campus units and individuals employed by Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC) for fulfilling KCC’s commitment to equal access to information technology (IT) and complying with UH Guidelines for Accessible Technology and Digital Media. Following the guidelines helps to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the same services and content that are available to people without disabilities, including services and content made available through the use of information technology. IT procured, developed, maintained, and used by KCC should provide substantially similar functionality, experience, and information access to individuals with disabilities as it provides to others.
KCC 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).
IT covered by the guidelines supports administrative, research, and academic applications, including the following examples:
- 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, telephones, digital signs, and other electronic equipment
- Classroom technologies
Technologies and standards evolve at a rapid pace. KCC looks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), for guidance in meeting its IT accessibility commitments. WCAG 2.0 provides success criteria for measuring web accessibility, as well as provides useful metrics for products and services that are not specifically web-based. Where an IT product cannot be brought into compliance, campus units are responsible for providing an individual with a disability equivalent access.
5. Progress and Plan
Kapiʻolani Community College has a lengthy history of proactively addressing IT accessibility issues. Its IT Accessibility Progress and Plan describes past efforts and future plans as it strives to ensure IT developed, procured, and used at KCC is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
The following resources can assist the KCC community in understanding and meeting its accessibility goals. These resources can also be used as a reference for vendors and contractors providing IT products and services to KCC.
Resources and Support for IT Accessibility
- Accessible Technology at Kapiʻolani Community College
- IT Accessibility Checklist
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.O