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Accessibility Standards

College of the Desert uses the 2017 Revised Section 508 Standards as the accessibility standards for Information and Communication Technology (ICT).  ICT includes information on web sites, software, instructional materials and CANVAS, most electronic documents, and certain hardware.

When the Section 508 Standards were revised, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA guidelines were incorporated into the Section 508 Standards.  The WCAG guidelines apply to content on the web, but the Section 508 Standards adapted the WCAG guidelines to apply to electronic documents as well.

For ICT to be accessible, it must meet the 2017 Revised Section 508 Standards, as well as the WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines, when applicable.

Additional Information About Accessibility 

Vendor and Procurement Resources

  •  VPAT and ACR Requirements for Vendors (opens PDF) - Required for ICT purchase orders

    • This document describes the information from the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) that is required in order to review a product for accessibility

  •  ICT Section 508 Compliance Review and EEAAP Template (opens PDF) - Required for ICT purchase orders

    • This form is used to document the review of ICT products and describe Equally Effective Alternate Access Plans, if applicable