Accessibility

Our Commitment

CollegeSource is committed to ensuring its website and products are accessible to all users. We continually strive to improve accessibility and Section 508 compliance for all users. If you have questions or suggestions on access improvement, please contact us via the widget on the bottom of your browser.

Accessibility Documentation

To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to product compliance with Section 508, we maintain two types of accessibility documentation:

  • VPAT 2.0 (or “Accessibility Conformance Report”)
  • Accessibility Roadmap

Testing Documentation

Each unique product in uAchieve has its own accessibility testing document, which presents the evaluation methods and results of validating testing. For example: 

  • We support all screen readers 
  • Our Quality Assurance team tests specifically with NVDA 
  • Our Developers use VoiceOver  

Testing documentation is updated with less frequency than other accessibility documentation we maintain. The last update of Accessibility Testing Documentation was made with the 4.2.1 release:  

  • Dashboard Accessibility Testing Document 4.2.1 
  • Schedule Builder Accessibility Testing Document 4.2.1 
  • u.achieve Self-Service Accessibility Testing Document 4.2.1 
  • u.direct Accessibility Testing Document 4.2.1 

VPATs

The new VPAT 2.0 (also known as the Accessibility Conformance Report) is one type of document we maintain on every CollegeSource product to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to Section 508 compliance for impaired users. VPAT 2.0 assesses the extent of conformance of a software product to the accessibility standards.

Download VPAT by product below.

Accessibility FAQs

Do the technologies and services you offer adhere to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act?

Yes, all of our products are developed according to Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards. Areas where we fall short of those standards are outlined in the VPATs for each product.

Do your applications conform with accessibility standards set forth in the WCAG 2.0?

Yes, we follow WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards when developing all of our products. Any known issues or places where we fall short of those standards are outlined on the Accessibility Roadmaps page along with approximate timelines for resolution.

Are your applications ADA compliant?

While the Americans With Disabilities Act (or ADA) broadly prohibits discrimination based on disability, we strive for Section 508 compliance since this specifically focuses on federal agencies to make their electronic and information technologies accessible to people with disabilities.

I need a VPAT, but...where do I start?

You will need to gather several pieces of information from your institution to find the particular VPAT you need:

  • What CollegeSource product(s) does your school use? Each product has a separately maintained VPAT.
  • What are the version number(s)? VPATs and other accessibility documentation is version-controlled, that is, updated with every release.
  • Navigate to the list of product VPATs here. Share, print, or export as a PDF.

What screen readers do you support?

We support all screen readers, but we specifically test against NVDA (NVDA is specifically intended for use in Firefox.) Our development team utilizes VoiceOver.

More About VPATs

The original Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, or VPAT®, was a tool developed through collaborative efforts of the Information Technology Industry Council and the U.S. General Services Administration. Their goal was to develop an industry standard rubric for assessing the extent to which a commercial electronic and information technology product conforms with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 1194.22 of which has significant overlap with several Priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0).

The VPAT furthers our commitment to improved product accessibility and Section 508 compliance for all users.

Accessibility Conformance Report

In 2017, new standards were ushered in as the new WCAG 2.0. This update resulted in the “VPAT 2.0,” also known as the Accessibility Conformance Report. The Accessibility Conformance Report Template includes criteria from WCAG 2.0, EN 301 549 and 2017 Section 508. The 2017 Section 508 is also called the “Revised Section 508.”

The Accessibility Conformance Report consists of two areas that evaluate our products’ conformance against the criteria: Tables (1-4) and Chapters (3-6).