Website Accessibility Statement
Lake Oswego School District has committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to the widest possible audience by taking steps to meet the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d) requirements, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA.
Section 504 and Title II of the ADA are federal laws that require agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. WCAG 2.0 AA are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance to federal laws and guidelines.
This site is designed to be accessible to a variety of users with differing needs. Web accessibility ensures access to the web for everyone, regardless of disability. Visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities can all affect access to the web.
For people with disabilities, access to this technology can be more critical than for the general population, which may have an easier time accessing traditional sources of information such as print media. Our site presents information in a way that people can access information regardless of what hardware or software they are using, and regardless of how they navigate through a site.
Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to those who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed. Find out more about Section 508.
You can use a free browser plug-in such as BrowseAloud to listen to web pages. A tool like this helps people who may find it difficult to read text online, those who may have literacy problems, or those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is also a beneficial tool for those for whom English is a second language.
We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website. Meanwhile, if you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on our website, including a complaint about the accessibility of a document or form, you may do so in any of the following ways:
- Email email@example.com. Please write “Accessibility Request” in the subject line and include the web address with a description of the problem you have encountered. This will ensure the fastest response.
- Submit written correspondence to Communications, Lake Oswego School District, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. In your correspondence, please include the web address with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.
- Call our communications department at 503-534-2312.
Website Accessibility Guidelines & Procedures
The Goal: All new or modified content and functionality will be accessible to people with disabilities.
The LOSD Communications department will:
- Designate the communications assistant as the web accessibility coordinator: He/she will be responsible for monitoring, remediating, and reporting on web accessibility issues.
- Provide training: The department will provide web accessibility training to all appropriate personnel now and annually.
- Ensure all new content published is accessible: Our goal, as of July 1, 2018, is to have district content providers make all new web content and functionality accessible to people with disabilities.
- Develop and implement a corrective action plan: We are currently developing an action plan to prioritize and fix any errors found in the regular audits of the district website by SiteImprove to the level of WCAG 2.0 AA compliance.
- Monitor compliance: The web accessibility coordinator will regularly review the website audits provided by SiteImprove. This staff member will have access to training and resources needed to be successful.
“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone, regardless of disability, is an essential aspect.”
-Tim Berners-Lee (Inventor of the World Wide Web)