RUSH Web Site Policies
Meets Level 2 Priority W3C WAI Accessibility Guidelines/WCAG US Section 508 Standard Uses Valid Xhtml Coding
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RUSH Policy to Ensure Web Page Accessibility
Staff of RUSH are very concerned that all pages contained on its Web site are accessible to as many potential viewers as possible. In an effort to enhance the accessibility of its Web pages the RUSH staff take the following steps:
RUSH staff design each page to ensure that it meets Priority Level 2 as established and described in the most current version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). For more information see: http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT.
Each page of the RUSH Web site is reviewed using the current version of the Web-based accessibility analysis tool Total Validator.
The RUSH website pages meet either priority level 2 or priority level 3. Any accessibility problems are resolved by RUSH Web Administrator and Web Author. For more information see: http://validator.w3.org/
In addition, Total Validator assists with checks points using U.S. Section 508 Guidelines. Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, 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 the agency.
RUSH staff use the W3C HTML Validation Service to check HTML pages for their conformance to current W3C HTML recommendations and standards. While this conformance does not ensure accessibility for all people with disabilities, it does promote overall accessibility of the RUSH’s Web pages. For more information see: http://validator.w3.org/.
In addition, for multi-media features such as PowerPoint displays, webcasts, 3-D images, audio and video components, Realtime movies, and other specialized Web-based applications, the RUSH staff work closely with individual viewers with accessibility challenges in order to identify and/or rectify accessibility barriers that may be inherent in certain designs or software applications.
The RUSH’s Web site also:
Meets WebAim Standards Considers Accessibility Is viewable by Any Browser
This Page meets WebAim Disability Access Standards Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities) Best Viewed with Any Browser Symbol
The RUSH also reviews the information contained on its Web pages in order to ensure that the following information and design assurances are met:
WebAIM, Web Accessibility in Mind, addresses information accessibility needs of students and faculty in post secondary settings. All pages of the RUSH site meet the WebAIM standards. For more information see: http://www.webaim.org/intro/.
The Web Access Symbol, sponsored by the WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media, illustrates an approach to multi-media Web design that facilitates accessibility by viewers with disabilities. For more information, see: http://www.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/ncam/webaccess/symbolwinner.html
Viewable by any Browser principles are applied to RUSH Web pages to maximize accessibility of the growing diversity of Internet users. For more information, see: http://www.anybrowser.org/campaign/
Medical and health information included on the RUSH Web site is reviewed to meet the principles of the Health on the Net Code of Conduct (HONCode). The Health On the Net Foundation has elaborated the Code of Conduct to help standardize the reliability of medical and health information available on the Worldwide Web. The HONcode is not an award system, nor does it intend to rate the quality of the information provided by a Web. It only defines a set of rules to:
hold Web site developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of information;
help make sure readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading.
For more information see: http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Conduct.html
The RUSH staff will handle all information we learn about you from your visit to our Web site in a confidential manner.
If you identify yourself by sending the RUSH an E-mail or submitting an electronic form, we will not share, sell, or make available this information to any other organization, public or private.
When you visit our Web site we collect and store only the following information about you:
IP address, date, and time you access our site; and
Web Browser software: (for example, Mozilla/4.76 (Macintosh; U; PPC)
the Domain name and Internet URI address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site. (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you are connecting from Princeton University’s domain);
Browser Cookies may be set allowing returning visitors to save RUSH web site preferences. Cookies may be deleted any time from the browser preferences. RUSH Cookies are identified by name ‘RUSHweb’ or ‘www.researchutilization.org’.
We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our Web site, and to help us make the information more useful.
Attribution and Disclaimer Statement
The Research Utilization Support and Help (RUSH) project is funded under grant #H133A031402 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). RUSH is funded 100 percent by NIDRR at $350,000 per project year. The RUSH project is operated by SEDL, which is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to affording equal employment opportunities for all individuals in all employment matters. Neither SEDL nor the RUSH project discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a disability. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.
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