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Accessible Technology Policies

Campus Policies

  • 2.21 Reasonable Accommodation and Return to Work
  • 3.8 Accessibility Compliance
    • In support of WA policy #188, Clover Park Technical College shall provide appropriate, effective, and integrated access to technology for students, employees and external community members. This policy applies to the procurement, development and implementation of instructional, administrative or communications technologies and content. In addition, this policy applies to both current and emerging technologies, including both hardware and software in use or being evaluated for purchase or adoption.

  • 5.7 Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Under ADA/504
    • No student shall, on the basis of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any college program or activity. Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) is committed to providing qualified students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs and activities, in the most integrated setting appropriate to the student’s needs, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, State of Washington Laws of 1994, Ch. 105(RCW 28B.10.910-912), and the Washington Law against Discrimination (RCW 49.60).

State Policies

  • WA Policy #188
    • All covered technology must be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, either directly or by supporting the use of assistive technology. Standard 188.10 - Minimum Accessibility Standard outlines the minimum levels for compliance. This includes all covered technology acquired, procured, developed or substantially modified or substantially enhanced after the effective date of the policy, including software available at no cost.

  • SBCTC Accessibility Policy
    • Washington State community and technical colleges shall provide appropriate, effective, and integrated access to technology for students, employees, and external community members. This policy applies to the procurement, development, and implementation of instructional, administrative, or communications technologies and content. Further, the policy applies to both current and emerging technologies, including both hardware and software, in use or being evaluated for purchase or adoption throughout the community and technical college system. 

  • RCW 28B.10.910 Students with disabilities—Core services

    • Each student with one or more disabilities is entitled to receive a core service only if the service is reasonably needed to accommodate the student's disabilities. The requesting student shall make a reasonable request for core services in a timely manner and the institution of higher education or agency providing the service shall respond reasonably and in a timely manner.
  • RCW 28B.10.912 Students with disabilities—Core services described—Notice of nondiscrimination

    • Each institution of higher education shall ensure that students with disabilities are reasonably accommodated within that institution. The institution of higher education shall provide students with disabilities with the appropriate core service or services necessary to ensure equal access. (Review the full RCW for a list of example Core Services.)
  • RCW 28B.10.914 Students with disabilities—Accommodation

    • Reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities shall be provided as appropriate for all aspects of college and university life, including but not limited to: Recruitment, the application process, enrollment, registration, financial aid, coursework, research, academic counseling, housing programs owned or operated by the institution of higher education, and nonacademic programs and services.
  • RCW 28B.10.916 Supplemental instructional materials for students with print access disability

    • An individual, firm, partnership or corporation that publishes or manufactures instructional materials for students attending any public or private institution of higher education in the state of Washington shall provide to the public or private institution of higher education, for use by students attending the institution, any instructional material in an electronic format mutually agreed upon by the publisher or manufacturer and the public or private institution of higher education. Computer files or electronic versions of printed instructional materials shall be provided; video materials must be captioned or accompanied by transcriptions of spoken text; and audio materials must be accompanied by transcriptions. These supplemental materials shall be provided to the public or private institution of higher education at no additional cost and in a timely manner, upon receipt of a written request as provided in subsection (2) of this section.

Federal Policies

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    • The intent of Section 504 was to ensure people with disabilities have access to employment (and therefor education). Integration of people with disabilities into mainstream society was also a central idea, with separate settings or programs deemed inappropriate unless necessary to ensure equitable benefits. It's Section 504 that requires our colleges to ensure that people employed at the institution and attending the institution are given the accommodations necessary to succeed in their roles. 

  • Title I of the ADA
    • Title I of the ADA prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against people with disabilities. This applies not only to employment but also recruitment, training, hiring processes, etc. 

      In the case of an employee needing a disability accommodation, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide an applicant or employee with the necessary accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job. These accommodations often include modifying documents, providing assistive technology (hardware or software), physical adjustments, etc. 

  • Title II of the ADA
     
    • Prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and applies to all public colleges and universities, regardless of whether they receive federal funding. States that people with disabilities should have access to material of the same quality and within the same time frame as people without disabilities. 

  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    • Establishes requirements for electronic and information technology developed, maintained, procured, or used by the Federal government. Section 508 requires Federal electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

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