Accessible Technology and Electronic Content

Grays Harbor College supports an integrated learning experience for students with disabilities by promoting an environment that is free from physical and attitudinal barriers.

Grays Harbor College is committed to providing equality of opportunity to persons with disabilities including equal access to college information, programs, services, and activities provided through information technology (IT).  The college seeks to deploy information technology that has been designed, developed, or procured to be accessible to people with disabilities, including those who use assistive technologies.  By supporting IT accessibility, the college ensures that as broad a population as possible is able to access, benefit from, and contribute to its electronic programs and services.

Accessible - means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. The person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally and independently as a person without a disability.

New Content on Web Pages

New web content on the Grays Harbor website will be created in compliance with and meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at an AA success criteria or latest standards.

Existing Content on Web Pages

The updating and replacing of existing college web content will address and implement the same WCAG 2.0 AA level standards.  

Acquiring Accessible Software and Hardware

The college will make all efforts possible to procure accessible software and hardware.  In the event that accessible software or hardware is unavailable, the college will provide individuals with disabilities equivalent access.

Exceptions

Conformance to standards may not always be feasible due to the nature of the content, the purpose of the resource, the lack of accessible solutions, or an unreasonably high administrative or financial cost necessary to make the resource accessible.

The following circumstances may qualify as exceptions from this policy:

  1. Where compliance is not technically possible or may require extraordinary measures due to the nature or intent of the information resource, application, or service.
  2. Where compliance would result in a fundamental alteration of the information resource, application, or service, and not satisfy the original intent.
  3. Where, in the case that information resources, applications and services that are procured through third party vendors or contractors; and that no alternative accessible products are available from other third party vendors or contractors, procurement can be made of a non-compliant product.
  4. Where the product is not currently in compliance, but efforts are underway to fix the defects by a defined date.

Reporting an Issue

If you encounter an accessibility barrier on our website, please let us know as soon as possible.

Accessibility Issue Reporting Form

For additional information on accessibility services at Grays Harbor College, visit our AccessAbility Services webpage.