Laws, KSU Policy, Standards

Kennesaw State University Web Accessibility Policy

"Kennesaw State University is committed to ensuring that official Web content and other electronic information associated with University administration, services, courses, or instruction programs and activities conform to widely accepted Web accessibility standards. KSU's goal is to provide effortless access for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to web-based content by maintaining as a minimum standard the guidelines set forth in the University System of Georgia’s Web Accessibility Guidelines. Assistance information is provided in section 6 of the policy statement."

KSU Policy Statement

Laws Related to KSU's Web Accessibility Policy

  • "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 705 (20) of this title, shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

    Full Text of Section 504

    Abbreviated explanation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 & 508 (as it relates to accessibility)

  • "State or local governments may not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. All government facilities, services, and communications must be accessible consistent with the requirements of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973."

    Office for Civil Rights - Americans with Disabilities Act

  • "In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. The law (29 U.S.C. § 794 (d)) applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to access available to others. The United States Access Board discusses the Section 508 law and its responsibility for developing accessibility standards for EIT to incorporate into regulations that govern Federal procurement practices."

    Technical standards were published by the United States Access Board in 2000. The Access Board expects to release a refresh (update) of these standards in 2016. 

    As a faculty developer, some of the technical standards apply directly to the work of creating online instructional materials. 

    The United States Access Board's Section 508 Standards
    Pay particular attention to Subpart B - Technical Standards: § 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.