Web Accessibility Policy

Teach For America is committed to ensuring the accessibility of its website for people with disabilities. This policy establishes minimum standards for the accessibility of web based information to meet this commitment and ensure compliance with applicable federal regulations.


Background

Teach For America’s web content will conform to the guidelines and recommendations set forth in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. WCAG 2.0 was developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), a working group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines define how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities and changing abilities. An individual’s disability may be due to visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and/or neurological impairments.

The WCAG 2.0 guidelines cover a wide range of accommodations but are not necessarily exhaustive for all types of disabilities. However, Teach For America will continue to work to identify and implement reasonable accommodations that promote access to all people with disabilities. Teach For America will work to updates its policies when new information is published and released by WAI.

The WCAG 2.0 is a robust document that provides multiple layers of guidance backed by extensive research and support. Below is a brief outline of the principles described in the WCAG 2.0—along with specific examples—that Teach For America will follow. For more detailed information on each of these items, please reference the full WCAG 2.0 document.

  • Perceivable = Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
    • For example: Provide text alternatives for any non-text content; create content that can be presented in different ways (simpler layout); and make it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background.
  • Operable = User interface components and navigation must be operable.
    • For example: Make all functionality available from a keyboard; do not design content in a way that is known to cause seizures; provide ways to help users find content and determine where they are.
  • Understandable = Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
    • For example: Make text content understandable and make web pages operate in predictable ways.
  • Robust = Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
    • For example: Maximize compatibility with assistive technologies.

Policy

All new and redesigned web content must conform to WCAG 2.0, Level A conformance, on or before September 1, 2017. Existing and legacy web content produced by our organization will also meet these standards by September 1, 2017. This policy applies to all official web pages and web-based services developed by Teach For America accessible on www.teachforamerica.org. Progress toward achieving and maintaining fully accessible web content will be documented in annual status reports. The Marketing Project Development Content Strategy Team will be monitoring all published material on the site and ensuring compliance with the policy.


Procedure

New and updated web content produced by our organization will meet W3C WAI's WCAG 2.0, Level A conformance, by September 1, 2017. Existing and legacy web content produced by our organization will meet our standard by September 1, 2017.

All areas of the Teach For America website will be reviewed annually using the process described at Evaluating Web Sites for Accessibility. Reviews are the responsibility of those departments identified as 'owning' that area of the site. All new content that is published will be subject to accessibility checks as part of the publishing workflow.

Each page of the website will include links for feedback on the site; this information will be compiled and considered during the review process. Any submitted feedback will be responded to within 48 hours. For additional assistance or information on our Web Accessibility Policy, please submit a form on our Contact Us page. The Marketing Project Content Strategy Team will be monitoring these submissions and responding appropriately.

Our policy will be reviewed annually. This policy was last reviewed on February 28, 2017, by the Web Development Team. It will be reviewed and revised, if necessary, on or before February 28, 2018.