This section of the Inclusive Virginia website provides information and resources for adult education practitioners on creating an accessibility plan.
Virginia does not require programs to have an accessibility plan; however, the information and resources here provide examples of and further information for developing an accessibility plan. An accessibility plan can help programs identify best practices, procedures, and strategies for accessibility. Creating a plan may seem overwhelming, so components that should be considered include:
- Policy – Why is it necessary?
- According to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): “Accessibility supports social inclusion for people with disabilities as well as others, such as older people, people in rural areas, and people in developing countries.”
- Procedures – How are you planning to address digital accessibility?
- Documents/Videos/Websites: Who does it? What are best practices? What is the expected turnaround time? Where does the content live? Can it be outsourced or should it be kept in-house? Who pays for it? Is it scalable?
- Strategic Partners – Who needs to be included?
- Technology services, disability services, teachers, staff, program managers, WIOA partners, etc.
- Who owns the policy?
- Who will help you write it?
- Who has oversight?
- Strategies – What are your digital accessibility strategies?
- What does your policy say?
- What is the scope and is it scalable?
- What resources already exist?