Rhode Island College is one of the region's leading comprehensive public colleges. Our mission is to offer accessible higher education of the finest quality to traditional and non-traditional students from around the state, the region, and beyond. Rhode Island College is committed to providing accommodations for students with disabilities and supporting them in an accessible academic environment. As required by state and federal law, it is the policy of Rhode Island College that "no otherwise qualified person with a disability…shall, solely by reason of ... disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity."
The term 'disability' means, with respect to an individual -
That impact MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITIES -
"The entire application has undergone a complete UI review to ensure that all default color schemes are meeting WCAG 2.0 Level AA expectations for color contrast. Contrast ratios across the application are now 45:1consistently." (Blackboard)
"The experience of taking a test continues to undergo significant improvements at the form markup level to ensure the best experience for both keyboard only and screen reader users." (Blackboard)
"Skip links have been added in appropriate parts of the application allowing users to skip over major navigation sections (such as the course menu) and jump directly to the most relevant content. Skip links are available to both keyboard only and screen reader users." (Blackboard)
"This release includes an increased use of ARIA markup across the application to improve the screen readers experience navigating the Blackboard Learn application. ARIA landmarks have been implemented in some new pages but this is not yet application wide." (Blackboard)
Improvements have been made to the structure of forms to ensure a user is always aware of what they are filling out and what is required within the form." (Blackboard)
The College is working on developing long-range strategies for ensuring ADA compliance and Universal Design. Watch this space for further details!
ADA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008. (2008, September 25). Retrieved January 15, 2013, from U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/adaaa.cfm