Web Accessibility

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District (WLCSD) recognizes the importance of making its websites as accessible to as many users as possible. We strive to support full inclusion for visitors with disabilities and are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so, adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines. Accessibility is a part of WLCSD's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to providing open and welcoming spaces for individuals with disabilities.

This website endeavors to conform to External LinkWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible and the District is working to train our content editors so that the content they may post on the WLCSD website will be compliant with the guidelines and be accessible to all visitors.

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

WLCSD strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability as comprehensively as possible on this website. We continuously work with our content management system provider External Link(Foxbright) to maintain ADA / Section 504 / Section 508 compliance.

Portable Document Format

Most documents on the WLCSD website are produced in Portable Document Format (PDFPDF Document). In order to improve viewing these files, please download the latest version of
 External LinkAdobe Reader, which is available for free at the External LinkAdobe website. Alternative accessible formats also are provided, where possible, most commonly through a text or an HTML file.

We are continually seeking solutions that will bring all areas of the website up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing the WLCSD website, please don’t hesitate to External Linkcontact us.

District Web Accessibility Policy

Walled Lake Consolidated School District (WLCSD) recognizes the importance of ensuring accessibility of its website for students, prospective students, employees and the District’s guests with disabilities.

Some of the pages on the District website contain links to third-party sites. WLCSD is not responsible for the Online Content or accessibility of third-party sites, which do not relate to the District’s programs, services and activities. The District makes no assurances regarding the accessibility of any Online Content that is posted, hosted or offered on the District’s website by an individual or entity outside of the control of the District. The District will take all steps reasonably calculated to prevent an individual or entity outside the control of the District from posting on the District’s website, and agrees to promptly remove any inaccessible Online Content once the District becomes aware of such content. WLCSD will conduct frequent checks to identify any Online Content posted on the District’s website that is not accessible.

Online Content developed by, maintained by or offered through a third-party vendor or by using open sources, which is related to the District’s programs, services and activities will be made accessible in regards to the District’s Section 504 and Title II legal obligations, except where doing so would impose a fundamental alteration or undue financial and administrative burden.

WLCSD, through its Website Accessibility Coordinators, will take the following steps to ensure accessibility of Online Content provided by third-parties which relate to District programs, services and activities:

The District, in providing equally effective alternate access, shall take any actions that do not result in a fundamental alteration or undue financial and administrative burdens, but nevertheless ensure that, to the maximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the same benefits and services as their non-disabled peers. In those circumstances where the District’s Web Accessibility Coordinators believe that the proposed action would fundamentally alter the service, program, or activity would result in undue financial and administrative burdens, the District has the burden of proving that compliance would result in such alteration or burdens. The decision that compliance would result in such alteration or burdens must be made by the Superintendent or his or her designee after considering all resources available for use in the funding and operation of the service, program or activity and must be accompanied by a written statement of the reasons reaching that conclusion.

If an action would result in such an alteration or such burdens, the District shall take any other action that would not result in such an alteration or such burdens but would nevertheless ensure that, to the maximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the benefits and services provided by the District.

Report of Accessibility Issues

If any individual has difficulty accessing the information on any page of the District’s website, they are encouraged to contact the District’s Web Accessibility Coordinator and advise accordingly. Upon notification, the District will provide the requested information in an alternate format and, as soon as reasonably practical, make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible online.

Web Accessibility Coordinator:

Judy Evola
850 Ladd Road, Building D
Walled Lake, MI  48390
248-956-2017
External Linkjudyevola@wlcsd.org

Discrimination Complaint

Consistent with established District procedures, students, parents, employees, and members of the public may present a formal complaint regarding a violation of the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 related to the accessibility of the District’s web presence. Such complaints should be made to the District’s 504/ADA Compliance Officer. 

Website accessibility complaints regarding the inaccessibility of online content should include:

  • Name of complainant
  • Contact information of complainant (telephone number and email address)
  • Date of complaint
  • Description of the problem encountered
  • Web address or location of the problem page
  • Solution desired

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the District’s website accessibility and non-discrimination policies.

Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer:

Michael Lonze, Ph.D.
850 Ladd Road, Building D
Walled Lake, MI  48390
248-956-2022
External Linkmichaellonze@wlcsd.org

WLCSD adopted Web Accessibility Board Policies:

External LinkECL
External LinkECL-R

Helpful Links/Articles

Accessibility Audit

Accessibility audits will be completed annually under the direction of the Web Accessibility Coordinator, during which information provided by the District through its online content is measured against the technical standard(s) adopted in the Web Accessibility Policy. All problems identified through the audit will be documented, evaluated, and, if necessary, remediated within a reasonable period of time.

The District makes no assurances regarding the accessibility of any content or open source software that is posted, hosted or offered on the District’s website by an individual or entity outside of the control of the District. The District will take all steps reasonably calculated to prevent an individual or entity outside of the control of the District from posting inaccessible content on the District’s website, and agrees to promptly remove any inaccessible content once the District becomes aware of such content.

Accessibility of Third-Party Sites

Some of the pages on the District website contain links to third-party sites. The District is not responsible for the Online Content or accessibility of third-party sites, which do not relate to the District’s programs, services and activities. The District makes no assurances regarding the accessibility of any Online Content that is posted, hosted or offered on the District’s website by an individual or entity outside of the control of the District. The District will take all steps reasonably calculated to prevent an individual or entity outside the control of the District from posting on the District’s website, and agrees to promptly remove any inaccessible Online Content once the District becomes aware of such content. The District will conduct frequent checks to identify any Online Content posted on the District’s website that is not accessible.

Online Content developed by, maintained by or offered through a third-party vendor or by using open sources, which is related to the District’s programs, services and activities will be made accessible in regards to the District’s Section 504 and Title II legal obligations, except where doing so would impose a fundamental alteration or undue financial and administrative burden.

The District, through its Website Accessibility Coordinators, will take the following steps to ensure accessibility of Online Content provided by third-parties which relate to District programs, services and activities:

  • Use an approved accessibility validation tool to review the accessibility of the third-party website;
  • Inform third-party developers of the District’s policy regarding web accessibility;
  • Prior to procuring materials or software from third-party developers, the Website Accessibility Coordinator shall ensure the materials or software meet accessibility standards identified in Section 1.
  • Provide links to third-party developers with information and resources on implementing website accessibility; and
  • Provide an alternate method to obtain the information provided on third-party websites as it pertains to District programs, services and activities. Information provided by an alternate method will be provided as soon as possible, but no later than 10 business days after notice of the inaccessible third party content and will ensure that persons with disabilities will have an equal opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions and enjoy the same services with substantially equivalent ease of use as persons without disabilities and any alternate methods will ensure that students with disabilities receive the same benefits and services as their peers who do not have disabilities.

Fundamental Alteration or Undue Financial and Administrative Burden

The District, in providing equally effective alternate access, shall take any actions that do not result in a fundamental alteration or undue financial and administrative burdens, but nevertheless ensure that, to the maximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the same benefits and services as their nondisabled peers. In those circumstances where the District’s Web Accessibility Coordinators believe that the proposed action would fundamentally alter the service, program, or activity would result in undue financial and administrative burdens, the District has the burden of proving that compliance would result in such alteration or burdens. The decision that compliance would result in such alteration or burdens must be made by the Superintendent or his or her designee after considering all resources available for use in the funding and operation of the service, program or activity and must be accompanied by a written statement of the reasons reaching that conclusion.

If an action would result in such an alteration or such burdens, the District shall take any other action that would not result in such an alteration or such burdens but would nevertheless ensure that, to the maximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the benefits and services provided by the District.

Disclaimers

LINKS

"The Walled Lake Consolidated School District (WLCSD) makes every effort to verify that all links are operational and all information is accurate, appropriate and of high quality.  The District expects that these standards are met.  The viability of links that are not created through our District cannot be guaranteed."

DOMAIN NAME AND COPYRIGHT

"The District has registered its domain name(s) for the purpose of exclusive Internet identification.  The District asserts copyright, trademark and/or other intellectual property rights in its domain name, district identification, district logo, and all content on the District's website(s).  All rights are reserved.  Outside parties, including parents, patrons, or outside organizations may not use District and/or school domain names in connection with the publication of web content.  Under no circumstances shall any party use District and/or school domain names to promote political issues, causes or candidates."

GENERAL DISCLAIMER

"Information provided on the website carries no express or implied warranties as to accuracy, timeliness, or appropriateness for a particular purpose; in addition, the Board disclaims owner responsibility for content errors, omissions or infringing material, and disclaims owner liability for damages associated with user reliance on information provided at the site."

EVENTS

"Visitors rely on information on the website at their own risk. Times and dates are subject to change and spectators or audiences are strongly encouraged to contact the school for the most recent schedule."

Examples of Disabilities and How they Affect People's Abilities to Perceive and Use Websites/Pages.

VISUAL DISABILITIES:
 
  • Blindness – People with no sight typically browse the Internet using voice output software or refreshable Braille hardware.  Such devices "read" what is on the screen to the user.
  • Low vision – Individuals who have limited vision may use screen-enlarging software.
  • Color blindness – To perceive color differences on a computer monitor, individuals with color blindness need high contrast.  Also, designers/developers/authors should be mindful of the forms of color blindness when choosing color schemes.  Typical color blindness involves the inability to distinguish between red and green, blue and green, or blue and yellow; some people see black and white only.
AUDITORY DISABILITIES:
 
  • Deafness– People who cannot hear, experience a website/page only through its text, graphics/images and video.
  • Hard of hearing – Individuals with limited hearing may use sound-enhancing peripherals.
PHYSICAL/MOTOR DISABILITIES

People with physical disabilities or limited fine motor skills may have difficulty with the following computer-related tasks:

  • Detailed manipulation of input devices such as a mouse or roller ball.
  • Holding down multiple keyboard keys simultaneously.
COGNITIVE/LANGUAGE DISABILITIES

Typical problems for people who have cognitive disabilities or disabilities that affect their language skills include the following:
 

  • Difficulty with spatial reasoning and/or visualization skills.
  • Difficulty reading and/or understanding written text (e.g. persons with dyslexia)

 

Any content on our website that is not accessible the District's Web Accessibility Coordinator will provide a hard copy of that content via mail in a prompt manner at no cost to the individual.