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AccessibilityAmericans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Website Accessibility Statement

College of The Albemarle (COA) is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience.

As administrators of, we strive to comply with the best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and level A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which explains how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities.

We run each web page through the W3C compliant validation product, Siteimprove, software which produces exhaustive lists of a website’s noncompliance (errors, warnings and reviews) for levels A, AA and AAA.

We’ll continue to test this site to make sure that the content is accessible to all visitors.


This site includes the following accessibility features:

  • Cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout.
  • Image “alternative” or “alt” tags and long descriptions.
  • Closed-captioned videos embedded through COA’s YouTube channel.
  • A “skip to content” link, a feature that allows users to ignore navigation menus and jump directly to the main content of a page.

Known Noncompliance

We’re currently working to fix the following areas of noncompliance (as of June 2016):

  • Some pages contain non-distinguishable links.
  • Some features contain in-line styling.
  • Completed: Add “skip to content” links, a feature that allows screenreader users to ignore navigation and to jump to the main content of a page.
  • Completed: Replace Ninja Forms™ plugin with Contact Form 7™.
  • Completed: Recode features automating non-distinguishable links and images lacking alternative text due to automation.
  • Completed: Replace custom Facebook™ API feed, which lack alt tags on images, with social plugins.
  • Completed: Create an accessible template for our news archives.
  • Completed: Replace Font Awesome icons with images that contain alternative text.
  • Repair or replace non-compliant “Google Custom Search” feature, which contains in-line styling and input errors.
  • Rebuild HTML files exported from Datatel™, a program that produces COA’s curriculum class schedules.
  • Recode the compliance errors in the “Net Price Calculator” and the “ED Gainful Employment Disclosure” templates, which are both provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Evaluate COA’s subdomain ( for noncompliance and create a timeline to fix level A errors.


Page last modified: Jan. 17, 2017.


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