Financial Mentors of America is dedicated to changing the world by supplying this material to as many students as possible. We want our material to be as accessible as it is accurate. So in accordance with the GSA Government-wide Section508 Accessibility Program we are proud to announce that we have been working with Sitemorse to meet our accessibility requirements (follow this link to learn more about sitemorse) and have met the standards of the TEA for accessibility in online material.
But Financial Mentors of America’s online material will always be in a constant move towards compliance. Starting with our online textbook (follow this link to access our material) and seeping over into our website. We are not satisfied with merely “ticking the boxes” in our 508 checklists. It is not a one time review of our material but a constant assessment of what we have published and what we will publish. We want our material to be understood by everyone and we will be working rigorously to achieve this goal by May 2017.
In addition to captioning our videos and adding voice-overs we are also working within the suggestions of sitemorse and following their top ten ways to improve web accessibility.
1. Unique identifiers must exist once and once only (1.3.1)
IDs (e.g. <h3 id=example> must not be used more than once in a page. IDs that are referred (e.g. <label for=example>) to must exist.
Access keys (e.g. <a accesskey=A>) must not be used more than once.
2. Headings must use the appropriate markup (1.3.1)
Headings should be marked up using <h1> to <h6>.
3. Links must contain textual content (2.4.4, 2.4.9, 4.1.2)
Links must contain textual content, either directly or indirectly (e.g. <img alt=”…”>).
4. Form controls must have explicitly-associated labels (1.1.1, 1.3.1)
The labels for form fields must use the <label> HTML element.
5. <frame> and <iframe> elements must have title attributes (2.4.1)
Each frame must have a title to facilitate frame identification and navigation.
6. Images and image-map areas must have appropriate text alternatives (1.1.1)
<img>, <area> and <input type=image> elements must all have appropriate values for their alt attributes. In the case of decorative <img> elements, the appropriate value can be the empty string but it must still be explicitly specified.
7. Text alternatives must be genuine alternatives not placeholders (1.1.1)
Alternative text should not be placeholder text (e.g. “spacer”) or an automatically-generated value with no genuine usefulness (e.g. the filename of the image).
8. Do not use meta redirects (2.2.1, 2.2.4)
i.e. do not use <meta http-equiv=refresh content=”5; url=/newpage.html”>
9. Do not use meta refresh (2.2.1, 2.2.4, 3.2.5)
i.e. do not use <meta http-equiv=refresh content=”5”>
10. Every page must have a meaningful title (2.4.2)
All pages must have exactly one <title> element containing the page title.
The page title should not be generic placeholder text such as “untitled document”.
In conclusion, we thank both the TEA and the students who will be accessing this material for their patience and understanding while we continually work to improve our course for all of you.
-The FMA Team