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CourseArc is committed to making its information and communication technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998, and additionally, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA level of compliance.
Section 508 is a federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities. The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at Section508.gov.
The WCAG guidelines are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance as specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The W3C is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. More information on WCAG and the technical standards can be found at W3C.
Although we have had our website reviewed by an accessibility expert, if you require assistance or wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on this website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If applicable, please include the web address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered.
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®
The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT™, Version 1.3, is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial “Electronic and Information Technology” products and services with features that support accessibility. It is assumed and recommended that offerers will provide additional contact information to facilitate more detailed inquiries.
The first table of the Template provides a summary view of the Section 508 Standards. The subsequent tables provide more detailed views of each subsection. There are three columns in each table. Column one of the Summary Table describes the subsections of subparts B and C of the Standards. The second column describes the supporting features of the product or refers you to the corresponding detailed table, e.g., “equivalent facilitation.” The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product. In the subsequent tables, the first column contains the lettered paragraphs of the subsections. The second column describes the supporting features of the product with regard to that paragraph. The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product.
Name of Product: CourseArc
Contact for more Information (name/phone/email): Katie Eganemail@example.com
|Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems||see details below|
|Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet Information and Applications||see details below|
|Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products||not applicable|
|Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products||not applicable|
|Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products||not applicable|
|Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers||not applicable|
|Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria||not applicable|
|Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support||see details below|
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems
|Criteria||Supporting Features||Remarks and Explanations|
|(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually.||Supports||All areas of CourseArc are designed to work with keyboard shortcuts, also, all of drag and drop blocks dynamically generate an alternative activity to ensure we are in full compliance.|
|(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer.||Supports||CourseArc does not interfere with the OS’s accessibility features.|
|(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes.||Supports||CourseArc doesn’t interfere with the browser’s default styles.|
|(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation, and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text.||Supports||CourseArc uses the browser’s default UI elements.|
|(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application’s performance.||Supports||Icons are used throughout CourseArc and are always accompanied by text or ALT text to convey the meaning.|
|(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.||Not Applicable|
|(g) Applications shall not override user-selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes.||Not Applicable|
|(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user.||Not Applicable|
|(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.||Supports||All areas of CourseArc are designed to work with keyboard shortcuts, also, all of drag and drop blocks dynamically generate an alternative activity to ensure we are in full compliance.|
|(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided.||Supports||CourseArc’s institutional administrators have the ability to modify themes and are responsible for ensuring that their color choices are Section 508 compliant.If a client uses our design services, we test all of the colors with the WebAIM color contrast checked for AA compliance.|
|(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.||Supports||Flashing and blinking text are not used within CourseArc.|
|(l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.||Supports||All CourseArc forms work within screen readers.|
Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications
|Criteria||Supporting Features||Remarks and Explanations|
|(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content).||Supports||Alt text is used for all icons and images throughout CourseArc. For images added in by a course builder, alt text is required.|
|(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.||Supports||CourseArc supports equivalent alternatives for multimedia presentations by including placeholders for transcripts in all multimedia blocks.
Also, we offer optional Vimeo licensing for any clients that need access to captioning software.
Finally, we routinely provide advice and best practices on creating captions and transcripts.
|(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.||Supports||CourseArc does not use color as the only way to convey meaning with any of our built-in blocks (i.e., buttons, icons).|
|(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.||Supports||Documents are organized with proper markup and headings. It is the responsibility of course builders to ensure that their content uses headers appropriately.|
|(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.||Not Applicable||Server-side image maps are not used in CourseArc.|
|(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.||Not Applicable||Client-side image maps are not used in CourseArc.|
|(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.||Supports||All of our tables meet the accessibility requirements and allow course creators to identify which cells/rows or columns are headers.|
|(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.||Supports||All of our tables meet the accessibility requirements and allow course creators to identify which cells/rows or columns are headers.|
|(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.||Not Applicable||Frames are not used within CourseArc.|
|(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.||Supports||Pages within CourseArc do not cause a flicker greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.|
|(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a website comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.||Supports||A transcript or alternative activity is auto-generated for the following blocks: drag and drop blocks, flashcards, hot spots, and charts/graphs.
It is the responsibility of course builders to provide equivalent information or functionality if the content cannot comply with the accessibility standards for any other type of block/content. We have a built-in popup block that course builders can use to provide alternate activities or information.
|(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l).||Supports||No applets or plugins are required to use CourseArc.|
|(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.||Supports||All forms are designed to work with Assistive Technology.|
|(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.||Supports||Skip navigation link is located before each list of links.|
|(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.||Not Applicable||There are no timed elements within CourseArc|
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support
|Criteria||Supporting Features||Remarks and explanations|
|(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge||Supports||We offer a variety of different formats for support: text, images, videos, and embedded contextual help, all of which are accessible.|
|(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge.||Supports||We offer a variety of different formats for support: text, images, videos, and embedded contextual help, all of which are accessible.|
|(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.||Supports||We offer a variety of different formats for support: text, images, videos, and embedded contextual help, all of which are accessible.|