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Website AccessibilityU.S. Rehabilitation Act Section 508

Accessibility Statement

College of The Albemarle (COA) launched the latest version of its website in June 2016, and since then we’ve worked to make it 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 and AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, 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 that produces automated lists of a website’s noncompliance (errors, warnings and suggestions) for levels A, AA and AAA. In addition, we regularly perform manual usability tests.


This site includes the following accessibility features:

  • Cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout
  • Image “alternative” or “alt” tags and long descriptions
  • Color contrast accessible to level AAA
  • A “skip to content” link, a feature that allows users to bypass navigation menus and jump directly to the main content of a page

Known Noncompliance

  • Google Custom Search™ contains in-line styling
  • Some calendar event pages contain duplicate titles
  • Some PDF files fail accessibility tests
  • Some third-party sites, “plugins” and sub domains of contain accessibility errors

Noncompliance Correction Progress

The following list includes accessibility errors in third-party applications.

  • Completed August 2016: Add “skip to content” links, a feature that allows screen readers to bypass navigation and jump to the main content of a page (level A)
  • Completed September 2016: Recode scripts that produce non-distinguishable links and images that lack alt text on the home page (level A)
  • Completed September 2016: Replace custom Facebook™ API feed, which lack alt tags on images, with an accessible social plugin (level A)
  • Completed October 2016: Create an accessible template for our news archives (level A)
  • Completed November 2016: Replace hard-coded Font Awesome™ icons with CSS (level A)
  • Completed December 2016: Replace Ninja Forms™ plugin with Contact Form 7™, which allows more control over forms (level A)
  • Completed February 2017: Remove images that contain text (level AA)
  • Completed February 2017: Create higher text/background color contrast (level AA)
  • Completed March 2017: Add “focus” highlighting element to input fields and iframes (level AA)
  • Completed January 2019: Simplify or replace complex HTML tables (level A)
  • Completed July 2019: Wait for U.S. Department of Education to fix their noncompliant “Net Price Calculator” template (level A)
  • In Progress: Add audio descriptions to YouTube™ videos (level AA)
  • In Progress: Rename duplicate page titles of recurring calendar events in list view (level A)
  • In Progress: Reformat inaccessible PDF files into HTML (level A)
  • In Progress: Encourage COA content creators to build accessible PDF files by identifying resources (level A)
  • In Progress: Replace non-compliant verbs with compliant ones
  • Repair noncompliant Google Custom Search feature, which contains in-line styling and input errors (level A)
  • Repair noncompliant curriculum class schedules that are contained in inaccessible HTML tables output from Datatel™ (level A)


Report created: April 12, 2016
Report last modified: Oct. 10, 2021

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