Electronic Accessibility Policy
Electronic and Information Resources Accessibility Policy
As a result, we are dedicated to following the guidelines established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), legislative requirements provided by the Federal Government's Section 508 standards, and the definition of a generally accessible Internet site as defined in the Texas Administrative Code Section 206 - State WebSites. As part of our commitment, each new web page or application is reviewed and evaluated utilizing various validation resources prior to its release. Additionally, we have also included features that are designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. Several of these features are described below.The Texas School for the Deaf is firmly committed to making its Website accessible to all of its users.
- Incorporated CSS to control our website's style and in some cases layout.
- We have supplied most of our site’s images with Alt tags, short descriptions of the image, which aid users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader, rather than reading the site.
- A 'skip to' link provides our users with a method for bypassing the header and main navigation links and going directly to the main content of that page each time it is accessed.
- We have implemented the use of headings, lists and website structure in a consistent manner.
- Using hypertext links that make sense when read out of context rather than utilizing broad language such as "click here."
- Providing alternatives in cases where content may not be easily accessed or accessible.
Some of the content that exists on this site was produced before these guidelines were developed and incorporated into our policy. However, we are in the process of developing and maintaining a Corrective Action Plan that will help ensure that older web pages and applications are brought into compliance as content is modified or issues are identified as referenced in TAC206(c).
The Texas School for the Deaf welcomes comments on how to make our website more accessible to individuals living with a disability. If you are using assistive technology and the format of any of the material presented on our website interferes with your ability to access the desired information, please contact the Texas School for the Deaf Webmaster immediately. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the desired format in which you would prefer to receive the material, the web address of the requested material and your contact information.
The Statewide Accessibility Website is a useful resource for related accessibility information. Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.
You can also contact us filling the TSD Website Accessibility Claim Form