Alternate Access to Web Information
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is committed to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience, including individuals with disabilities. In keeping with its mission, ACCC complies by implementing the regulations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
If you need an alternative means of access to any information on the ACCC website please contact us. Let us know the nature of your accessibility problem, the Web address of the requested information, and your contact information.
Synopsis of Accessibility Requirements
The above-mentioned resources provide criteria for web-based technology and information based on access guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. Many of these provisions ensure access for people with vision impairments who rely on various assistive products to access computer-based information, such as screen readers, which translate what's on a computer screen into automated audible output, and refreshable Braille displays. Certain conventions, such as verbal tags or identification of graphics and format devices, like frames, are necessary so that these devices can "read" them for the user in a sensible way.
The standards do not prohibit the use of web site graphics or animation. Instead, the standards aim to ensure that such information is also available in an accessible format. Generally, this means use of text labels or descriptors for graphics and certain format elements. (HTML code already provides an "Alt Text" tag for graphics which can serve as a verbal descriptor for graphics). This section also addresses the usability of multimedia presentations, image maps, style sheets, scripting languages, applets and plug-ins, and electronic forms.
For a short summary of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, see WCAG 2.0 at a Glance.