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Making School Websites Accessible

Image of keyboard with blue accessibility buttonSchool districts around California are receiving Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaints that their websites are not accessible to people with disabilities.

Want to get ahead of a complaint and take the proactive step of making your school or district's website(s) accessible to all users, but not sure how to get started?

This free, three-hour training will provide a helpful introduction to the legal requirements and basics of website accessibility before diving into some of the the specifics, such as how to make PDFs and videos accessible. It will wrap up with an accessibility checklist that will help attendees build a plan for how to begin addressing website accessibility in their school or district.

Laptops and other accommodations

We recommend that you bring a laptop for the hands-on portion of the workshop. If you do not have one or would prefer to use one of SCOE's laptops (Mac and PC platforms available) please contact Jamie Hansen by July 21 to reserve one by emailing Please also contact Jamie Hansen by July 21 if you require any other accommodations.




Legal Background & Resources

Presenter: Jamie Hansen (SCOE Communications Specialist and Webmaster)
Content: Overview of legal requirements and recommendations from School and College Legal Services; sample templates for accessibility policies; upcoming training opportunities

Accessibility 101

Presenter: Keith Bundy, SiteImprove
Content: An overview of key accessibility issues; a demonstration of how users with visual impairments experience the web; an introduction to videos, tables, social media and other thorny issues; an overview of how to address school and teacher websites; and much more. Time for questions will be included.


PDFS 101

Presenter: Corrine Haverinen, Santa Rosa Junior College
Content: Overview for creating a compliant pdf: What tools are needed, helpful resources, the most important aspects to consider.

Getting-Started Checklist

Presenter: Corrine Haverinen, SRJC
Content: Present recommended workflow/checklist for ensuring accessibility and discuss how to customize it for your school/district.

When July 31, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location SCOE, Board Room
  • Corrine Haverinin, Assistive Technology Specialist: Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Keith Bundy, Digital Accessibility Consultant & Trainer: SiteImprove
  • Jamie Hansen, SCOE Communications Specialist and Webmaster
Cost Free
Audience Superintendents, IT Directors, Webmasters, Communications Directors, and others involved with website or document management
Registration Bob Herbstman, 707-524-2936,
Questions Jamie Hansen, (707) 524-2620,

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