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SlideRoom Accessibility

Posted on Tuesday, August 14 2012

SlideRoom is committed to providing a great experience for all users, including applicants with visual or physical impairments. All applicant portals have a link to SlideRoom’s Official Accessibility Statement which documents technical details and provides some practical tips for interaction. For a more detailed account of the system, here is our VPAT Form.

Rather than making an alternative (simplified) version of the system, we were really committed to having one great system with equal access for everyone. Some developers may fear having to make compromises, but we found that it is possible to maintain beautiful design, rich functionality, and still be accessible. In the future, we plan to post examples of our development patterns to help other programmers more easily create rich and accessible sites.

About Section 508 and ADA Compliance:

SlideRoom applicant portals are compliant with Section 508 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). This is important for federal agencies like state schools, public-arts organizations, grant foundations, and more. This legislation requires that information technology purchased (or developed) by the federal agencies be accessible to people with disabilities. For a helpful explanation of these laws, we recommend reading Jim Thatcher's excellent tutorial

If you have any issues, concerns, or comments regarding site accessibility, we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to email us at: accessibility@slideroom.com.

Other Notes:

Auditory impairments may involve many different degrees of hearing loss. Because SlideRoom does not require audio to complete any task, no special accommodations are required.

Cognitive impairments are varied and complex, so it is difficult to summarize when something is “simple enough for everyone.” Most of these guidelines are part of what we consider good design anyway: "simple layouts, consistent navigation, and clear language."

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