Accessibility

University of the West seeks to make all programs and services, including electronic and Information Technology Services, accessible to people with disabilities. In this spirit, and in accordance with the provisions of Sections 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the UWest provides students, faculty, staff, and visitors with reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to UWest‘s programs and activities.

Web Accessibility

University of the West is committed to providing web pages that meet Section 508 guidelines for web accessibility. Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. UWest is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

For the benefit of our visitors, UWest website contains links to third party sites not operated by UWest . Such sites are not within the control of UWest and may not follow the same privacy, security, or accessibility policies as UWest . UWest is not responsible for the content or availability of those sites, their partners, or advertisers.

Feedback

If you are having difficulty accessing an UWest web page, we would like to know so that we may evaluate the page for accessibility. You may contact us by sending an email message to webteam@uwest.edu. In your email message, please provide the following information:

  • The web address of web page (the URL) in question.
  • A description in as much detail as possible of the problems you are having with accessing the page.
  • Technical information: Operating system (version of Windows or Mac), web browser, web browser version, adaptive software.
  • Your contact information: Name, telephone number and email address.

Alternatively, you may send your feedback by U.S. Mail to:

University of the West – Information Technology
1409 Walnut Grove Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770

For more information about providing feedback, please see Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) for tips regarding what information you could provide so we can make improvements.

Keyboard Commands Supported by Browsers

Web browsers provide support for a variety of keyboard commands to support navigation and interaction without requiring the use of a mouse. The following table includes common keyboard commands:

Common Keyboard Commands
Keystroke Windows Mac OS X
Increase Text Size Control+Plus Sign Command+Plus Sign
Decrease Text Size Control+Minus Sign Command+Minus Sign
Restore Text to Default Control+0 Command+0
Move forward through form fields Tab Tab
Move backward through form fields Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Go back a page Alt+Left Arrow Command+Left Arrow
Go forward a page Alt+Right Arrow Command+Right Arrow
Close the window Control+W Command+W

Additional keyboard commands may be found for the following supported web browsers:

UWest Accessibility Features

Images

Content images (images that have a meaning – i.e., aren’t just for decoration) are marked with an “alt” (alternate) attribute which provides a simple description of the image. This aids visitors who listen to the content of the site using a screen reader, rather than visually reading the site, as well as visitors who view web pages with the image setting turned off in their web browser. Purely decorative graphics are marked with a blank/null “alt” attribute.

If not explained in the text, images with complex content (such as a graph or chart) include a “(d)” link next to the image and/or a “longdesc” (long description) attribute on the image tag; each of these link to a text description of the image.

PDF Files and Microsft Office Files

There are links to Portable Document Format (PDF) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) files throughout the College website. Some of these files may not be compliant with screen readers devices, depending on the age of the file, the software used to create the file, the resources available, and/or the knowledge/skillset of the person creating the file.

Adobe Systems, Inc., has improved the accessibility features of their Adobe Acrobat software and has developed resources to improve access to Adobe PDF files. For additional information, please visit Adobe Accessibility Tutorials.

Browser Plugins

Plugins are add-on web browser applications that enable a web browser to access non-web file formats, such as PDF, word processing, spreadsheet, movie, audio, and other multimedia.

The UWest website links to files that require a browser plugin in order to open the file. A list of browser plugins and links to their author (manufacturer) sites follows.

Recommended plugins for viewing content on the UWest website

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) –
    • Links to Portable Document Format files are marked with: (PDF)
    • Information regarding the accessibility of PDF files is available at Adobe’s Accessibility website
    • If you have trouble opening a PDF file, please clear your browser cache, then try again to open the PDF file.
  • Microsoft Office Converters and Viewers (free) –
    • Microsoft Word – links are marked (DOC), (DOCX) or (MS Word)
    • Microsoft PowerPoint – links are marked (PPT), (PPTX), or (MS PowerPoint)
    • Microsoft Excel – links are marked (XLS), (XLSX), or (MS Excel)
    • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 file formats (.docx, .xlsx, pptx)

Video/Audio/Multimedia Software

Other Helpful Software

Extract/unzip files