Section 508 Compliance in LMS

To eliminate barriers in information technology

for people with disabilities

Technology for all with Section 508 Compliance

What is 508 Compliance?

Section 508 compliance in eLearning requires the course content to be built in a way that it becomes easily readable to those with reading disabilities. It ensures that the eLearning content follows the minimum acceptable standards while using multimedia in courses, such as “the use of text descriptions for graphics etc.”. The main purpose of Section 508 is to eliminate barriers to information technology. It enables the availability of new opportunities for people with disabilities while using technology to help such people achieve their goals.

Section 508 wasn’t meant for eLearning initially!

Section 508 started as a law for the federal agencies and their contractors where it was passed as a mandate to make their electronic and information technology accessible to those with disabilities. It was only after June 2001, that it was made compulsory for all the content to be 508 compliant. Slowly, it got converted into Industry best practice that even those not receiving federal funds or affiliated with a federal agency, can ensure their online training to be 508 compliant.

Why is 508 Compliance Needed?

508 compliance helps make eLearning easy for those people who carry certain types of disabilities. Such people are smart enough to understand the content, but the traditional format of the content is such that it becomes difficult for them to comprehend, especially those with hearing and vision-related disabilities who face a lot of problems. Considering the statistics given below, it is high time for the need for such compliance –

  • Over 285 million people in the world are visually impaired
  • Between one and nine percent of the population have movement-related disorders
  • Hearing loss affects about 10% of the global population to some degree
  • 15% of the U.S. population has learning-related disabilities

508 Compliance with Paradiso LMS

Our eLearning authoring tool, is built to help you easily create engaging and interactive 508 compliant ‘easy-accessible’ eLearning courses. When we speak of “accessibility”, it is about making the eLearning content easy to use for everyone. Be it someone with poor vision or hearing disability to a person with any other physical disability. After all, there’s no harm in creating content that is made using well thought out colors and clear language. Everyone benefits from it!

One feature in our eLearning authoring software that helps us create 508 compliant courses is the check tool. This tool generates a list of issues that need to be taken care of if you want the eLearning course to comply with 508 requirements.

Features of 508 Compliant eLearning Courses:

icon-checkboxWhenever animation or video is used in eLearning courses, the text equivalent for it should be provided.

 

icon-checkboxAnything not “Initially Visible” when the page loads would not get read by a screen reader.

 

icon-checkboxAppropriate font sizing for those who may need to see text at a larger size.

 

icon-checkboxMindful color contrast should be used considering those who are colorblind or have trouble determining different colors.

 

icon-checkboxUse of ‘alternate text’ attribute to describe every image.

 

icon-checkboxProvide descriptive subtitles, captioning and transcripts of audio and videos.

 

icon-checkboxThe explanations of links should make sense when read out of context. For example, avoiding writing “click here” as link text.

 

icon-checkboxProper structuring of course content.

 

icon-checkboxSummarizing graphs and charts whenever used.

 

icon-checkboxProvide alternate content for case scripts, applets and plug-ins that are inaccessible or unsupported.

 

icon-checkboxDrop down menus should be easily ‘accessible’.

 

icon-checkboxBuild a practice of testing the courses frequently—it’ll help avoid last-minute headaches of discovering that your courses are not accessible.

Technology for all with Section 508 Compliance

What is 508 Compliance?

Section 508 compliance in eLearning requires the course content to be built in a way that it becomes easily readable to those with reading disabilities. It ensures that the eLearning content follows the minimum acceptable standards while using multimedia in courses, such as “the use of text descriptions for graphics etc.”. The main purpose of Section 508 is to eliminate barriers to information technology. It enables the availability of new opportunities for people with disabilities while using technology to help such people achieve their goals.

Section 508 wasn’t meant for eLearning initially!

Section 508 started as a law for the federal agencies and their contractors where it was passed as a mandate to make their electronic and information technology accessible to those with disabilities. It was only after June 2001, that it was made compulsory for all the content to be 508 compliant. Slowly, it got converted into Industry best practice that even those not receiving federal funds or affiliated with a federal agency, can ensure their online training to be 508 compliant.

Why is 508 Compliance Needed?

508 compliance helps make eLearning easy for those people who carry certain types of disabilities. Such people are smart enough to understand the content, but the traditional format of the content is such that it becomes difficult for them to comprehend, especially those with hearing and vision-related disabilities who face a lot of problems. Considering the statistics given below, it is high time for the need for such compliance –

  • Over 285 million people in the world are visually impaired
  • Between one and nine percent of the population have movement-related disorders
  • Hearing loss affects about 10% of the global population to some degree
  • 15% of the U.S. population has learning-related disabilities

508 Compliance with Paradiso LMS

Our eLearning authoring tool, is built to help you easily create engaging and interactive 508 compliant ‘easy-accessible’ eLearning courses. When we speak of “accessibility”, it is about making the eLearning content easy to use for everyone. Be it someone with poor vision or hearing disability to a person with any other physical disability. After all, there’s no harm in creating content that is made using well thought out colors and clear language. Everyone benefits from it!

One feature in our eLearning authoring software that helps us create 508 compliant courses is the check tool. This tool generates a list of issues that need to be taken care of if you want the eLearning course to comply with 508 requirements.

Features of 508 Compliant eLearning Courses:

  • Whenever animation or video is used in eLearning courses, the text equivalent for it should be provided.
  • Anything not “Initially Visible” when the page loads would not get read by a screen reader.
  • Appropriate font sizing for those who may need to see text at a larger size.
  • Mindful color contrast should be used considering those who are colorblind or have trouble determining different colors.
  • Use of ‘alternate text’ attribute to describe every image.
  • Provide descriptive subtitles, captioning and transcripts of audio and videos.
  • The explanations of links should make sense when read out of context. For example, avoiding writing “click here” as link text.
  • Proper structuring of course content.
  • Summarizing graphs and charts whenever used.
  • Provide alternate content for case scripts, applets and plug-ins that are inaccessible or unsupported.
  • Drop down menus should be easily ‘accessible’.
  • Build a practice of testing the courses frequently—it’ll help avoid last-minute headaches of discovering that your courses are not accessible.

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