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Accessible Assessments
Accessibility Compliance

Read-aloud, alternative text, zoom, high-contrast, and captions are part of a long list of accommodations for students with disabilities. It is vital that each accommodation is properly conveyed via the delivery platform.

  • NCAM can advise your technology team on how to ensure that all of the accommodations are getting to the appropriate students.
  • NCAM can also evaluate your delivery platform against accessibility guidelines and policies, including Section 508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0).
For nearly 25 years, NCAM has actively participated in many standards committees and working groups. NCAM was a founding member of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Past and current W3C/WAI working-group memberships include WCAG 1.0 and 2.0; SMIL 1.0 and 2.0; DFXP/TTML 1.0; and HTML5 and the HTML5 Accessibility Task Force. Other electronic-publishing standards work includes co-chairing working groups for IMS Global Learning Consortium and ISO/IEC committees, and working with the DAISY Consortium and the IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) to develop specifications and best practices for navigation of text, images and embedded media within digital talking books (DTBs) and e-book formats.

NCAM has worked closely with the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) to develop caption and audio-description requirements for DTV transmission and display, and with the ATSC Mobile/Handheld (ATSC A153 M/H) working group to define requirements for transmission of captions to mobile and handheld devices. In the broadcast and video-over-IP arenas, staff have worked within a number of groups for the Society of Motion Pictures Engineers (SMPTE), including the Broadband 23B committee to develop interoperable standards for broadband media content and distribution platforms and devices; and the SMPTE-TT working group, responsible for creating the SMPTE-ST 2052-1:2010 timed-text format for use when converting broadcast captions for delivery over IP systems.