On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board published a final rule in the federal register to update Section 508 to set Web Content and Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA as the new standard for website accessibility. The rule requires adherence to the new accessibility standards twelve months from its date of publication.
Currently, the VDOE website meets W3C’s WCAG 1.0 Level A and current federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508 standards. The agency is working towards WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance.
The goals of the VDOE Website Accessibility Plan are as follows:
- All new content posted on the VDOE website after January 18, 2018, will meet W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance.
- All content on the VDOE website posted prior to January 18, 2018, that does not meet W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance:
- Will be monitored and reevaluated annually on January 18
- Will be remediated by content owners until all files are compliant
This action plan addresses the accessibility of content on the main VDOE website available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov and on all other websites established by agency staff for official purposes, including conference registration sites, social media sites, and technical assistance sites.
|All new content posted on the VDOE website after January 18, 2018 meets W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance||
|All content posted prior to January 18, 2018 on the VDOE website will meet W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance with annual monitoring and reporting||