As a local leader in educational technology for more than 40 years, WVNET has joined the worldwide movement toward accessibility as it pertains to websites and web content. All visitors – including those with visual, auditory, or other disabilities – have the right to enjoy the fullest experience possible on the Internet. To that end, WVNET’s Web Team is now offering ADA Compliance Auditing as a service to its clients.

As a modern interpretation of and logical successor to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination of people with disabilities and guarantees the same opportunities as everyone else, including those in the digital world. Accordingly, the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has established the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) in order provide an international standard for web content accessibility.

How can WVNET help?

Combining our knowledge of best practices established by the W3C and using the latest industry tools, WVNET can assist you in crafting and implementing an Accessibility Action Plan for your institution/business, helping to provide a path to compliance. Whether you are building a new website or making your existing web content more accessible, we are able to provide a comprehensive audit of online material, as well as the resources to remedy any issues identified. This service is offered at extremely competitive rates and helps to minimize and/or eliminate potential legal costs as more and more high-profile institutions (both government and private) are caught up in preventable litigation resulting from non-compliance.

For more information, and to make sure that your institution’s web content is ADA compliant, contact Bradley Smoak at bsmoak@mail.wvnet.edu or call (304)293-5192 ext. 251.

More details can also be found in WVNET’s Accessibility Statement.