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Web Accessibility

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Web Accessibility refers to the inclusive design of the web for all people with whatever hardware, software, language, or age; and no matter the hearing, visual, motor or cognitive ability. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users can have equal access to information and functionality. MVCC is committed to accessible design of all associated websites, instructional related websites and mobile application in regard to their compliance with W3C Web accessibility initiatives.  

MVCC strives to satisfy all the requirements of at least a level A conformance success criteria of WCAG.

For its website MVCC uses Siteimprove Accessibility, a third party subscription service that performs accessibility checks on a regular basis. Siteimprove automatically runs a scan of every page hosted on every 5 days and manually as needed. This service automatically detects and highlights any WCAG 2.0 issues that have arisen since the last scan. Siteimprove Accessibility also scans PDF documents for detectable issues as part of WCAG 2.0 / ISO 14289-1:2012 / Matterhorn Protocol. 

When issues are identified, they are addressed immediately by staff in MVCC's Office of Disability Services, Office of Marketing and Communications, or one of 190 content managers distributed across MVCC; or in the specifications for each phase of MVCC's Web updating.  

MVCC's learning management software is provided by BlackBoard. Blackboard's corporate statement of accessibility reads in part, "Our products are designed and developed in accordance with the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) Guidelines 2.0 Level AA as well as the Section 508 standards in the United States. A third party conducts regular audits of our software to ensure quality expectations are met and maintained." 

To learn more about web accessibility click here: WebAIM

To report an MVCC web accessibility issue, please contact Tamara Mariotti at 315-731-5702 (voice) or email her at

Utica Campus
Disability Office
Tamara Mariotti, ADA/504 Coordinator
Payne Hall, Room 104H
Phone: 315.731.5702

Educational Technology Services
James Lynch, Director of Educational Technology
Academic Building, Room 137
Phone: 315.792.5315

Marketing & Communications
Matthew Snyder, Director of Marketing & Communications
Payne Hall, Room 345
Phone: 315.792.5330