Accessibility at BTC

Bellingham Technical College provides equal opportunity for all of its educational and administrative services, programs, and activities in accordance with state and federal laws. To support our efforts to make an inclusive and accessible campus, all technology and electronic content must be appropriate, effective, and integrate access for all internal and external groups.

Accessible Technology Policy for Washington State Community and Technical Colleges

This policy is established to support the community and technical colleges in Washington State (CTC) in their obligation to provide equal, effective, and meaningful access to the benefits of technology for individuals with disabilities. All CTCs are mandated to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Core Services legislation, RCW 28B.10.912 and the Washington State Law against Discrimination, RCW 49.60 and any future legal mandates related to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. Beyond these legal obligations, however, the SBCTC and its member colleges seek to create environments that allow for the full participation of their diverse communities.

In addition, it is recognized that accessibility is a system-wide responsibility and everyone within the system is responsible for ensuring access. Accessibility is to be addressed at the statewide system level, in institutions, and by individuals.

The CTC community's commitment to ensure access to electronic and information technology (EIT) will be met through the application of accessibility standards, guidelines, training, and a common understanding of these concepts as specified in the Department of Education's June 29, 2010 Dear Colleague letter on Electronic Book Readers.

This document applies to all current and emerging technologies throughout the Washington Community and Technical College system. Read the SBCTC Policy in full here.

Washington SBCTC Committee for Accessible Technology Oversight (CATO)

The charge of CATO is to develop guidelines and provide ongoing advice and support to institutions and members of the Washington community and Technical college system which promote sustainable and proactive practices for the effective and integrated access by all members of our college communities to current, emerging and future technologies in compliance with state and federal laws and policies.

WaTech Policy 188

Shortly after the formation of CATO, WaTech, the state's centralized IT agency, approved: Policy 188. This policy states that the technology used by all state agencies must meet minimum accessibility standards and: "This policy establishes the expectation for state agencies that people with disabilities have access to and use of information and data and be provided access to the same services and content that is available to persons without disabilities unless providing direct access is not possible due to technical or legal limitations."

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Software and Equipment

Accessible Software and Equipment

BTC Staff & Faculty Equipment Purchase

Automated Accessibility Checkers (use with caution—these provide only a guide and are not substitution for fully vetting accessibility of electronic content and technology)

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Accessibility Team

Ask the Accessibility Team

The Accessibility Team (otherwise known as the "A" Team) is a cross section of BTC faculty, staff, and administration dedicated to increase accessibility for all on BTC's campus. This team meets once per quarter - Fall, Winter, and Spring. The Accessibility Team employs a collaborative and holistic approach to accessibility challenges and works to ensure solutions are found and implemented.

Accessibility Team Members

Mary Gerard (Chair), Accessibility Resources
Andi Zamora, Instructor
Andrea Johnson, Instructor
Christopher Flack, ctcLink
Curtis Perera, Computer Services
Dave Jungkuntz, Facilities
Dawn Hawley, Library and eLearning
Hannah Simonetti, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion
Joan Kammerzell, Registration
Judi Wise, Instruction / Transitional Studies
Justin Webb, Computer Services 
Laura Fornalski, Campus Store
Lauren Hatch, Instructional Designer
Marni Saling-Mayer, Marketing
Melisa Nelson, Purchasing
Mike Massey, Instruction
Sallie Davis, eLearning 
Traci Taylor, Library
Trish Newbold, Director of Instructional Projects and Programs
Valerie Frank, Foundation

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Learn More

For Students

Student Accessibility Resources

For Employees

Employee Accessibility Resources
University of Washington Access Computing

Canvas Accessibility Guides

Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) is built into every BTC Canvas course. For general information, check out the Canvas Community UDOIT Guide. For assistance with Canvas or running UDOIT, contact our eLearning Coordinator, by email at or by phone at at 360.752.8574.

Document Accessibility

Accessible Documents Checklist document
WebAim Acrobat/PDF Guide
WebAim PowerPoint Guide
WebAIM Word Documents Guide

Talking to Publishers and Technology Providers

Sample "Hello Publishers" Document

WCAG 2.0 Support

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview
Techniques for WCAG 2.0
Understanding WCAG 2.0
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1

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