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From the Chief Diversity Officer

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Notice: Increased Accessibility Standard Mandated for MS Office Documents and PDFs

Buffalo State's official websites are designed to be accessible to all, including users with vision, motor, or hearing impairments. The college endorses the guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the standard for accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As previously noted, our sites have been compliant with Section 508, sub-part B, 1194.22. We are now being asked by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to enhance our sites to be compliant in accordance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA for all websites. This update includes all Microsoft Office documents and PDFs. This heightened standard is immediate and establishes a new minimum requirement for accessibility for websites, web applications, Microsoft Office documents, and PDFs to ensure compliance.

Each area with a web presence on campus is responsible for ensuring that its content and images are compliant with the standards outlined within WCAG 2.0 Level AA. The associated Microsoft Office accessibility web page and PDF accessibility web page explain how to format accessible documents.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please feel free to contact RITE with questions.

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