Accessibility


Statement

The Conservation Commission recognizes the advantages and necessity of using web-based technologies to provide citizens access to information and services central to carrying out the agency’s mission. This statement identifies the agency’s commitment to and standards for ensuring that the scc.wa.gov, ofp.scc.wa.gov, and wactd.org websites are accessible for all visitors, including those individuals with disabilities.


Our Commitment

The Conservation Commission is committed to ensuring the scc.wa.gov, ofp.scc.wa.gov, and wactd.org websites are accessible to the widest possible audience, including people with disabilities, by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d ) and Washington Statewide Technology Policy (WSTP) 188 .

The agency is actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of the scc.wa.gov, ofp.scc.wa.gov, and wactd.org websites.


Guidelines & Standards

The agency’s approach to accessibility compliance ensures people with disabilities have access which is comparable to those who do not have disabilities. To meet this commitment, scc.wa.gov, ofp.scc.wa.gov, and wactd.org have been designed to meet or exceed Section 508 standards and WSTP 188.10 standards .

The Conservation Commission is dedicated to making all of it’s webpages accessible to all site visitors by meeting Level AA conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 , including the guidelines associated with these principles:

  1. Perceivable: Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  2. Operable: User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  3. Understandable: Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
  4. Robust: Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

References

Applicability

The agency’s commitment to accessibility applies to webpages and web services operated by the Conservation Commission. Accessibility standards and requirements are included in the development, implementation, and maintenance processes.

*The SiteImprove website governance tool is used identify and resolve accessibility compliance issues.


Report Accessibility Problems

Please report website accessibility problems by sending an email to the Commission inbox at commission@scc.wa.gov. Please title your email “Accessibility issue”. In your message include the website address and the specific problems you have encountered.


Request Alternate Formats

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing information on scc.wa.gov, ofp.scc.wa.gov, or wactd.org, the information will be provided in an alternate format if doing so does not impose an undue burden on the agency. Please send an email to commission@scc.wa.gov  titled “Accessible format” and include the following information in your message:

  1. The nature of your accessibility needs,
  2. The webpage address of the material you tried to access,
  3. The preferred format in which you would like to receive the material (electronic text, plain text, large print, etc.), and
  4. Your contact information

You may also call the Conservation Commission office at (360) 407-6200 to request an alternate format of information provided on scc.wa.gov, ofp.scc.wa.gov, or wactd.org.


Accessibility Software & Resources

There are free technologies available that can assist with webpage and content navigation. There are also a number of ways individuals with disabilities can change settings on their computer, smartphone/tablet, and browsers to make the Internet more accessible and usable for themselves and others. Below are a few resources that may be of assistance to improve and personalize your experience on scc.wa.gov and other websites you visit.

  • Accessibility Options (disability.gov): Information about assistive technologies available on major operating systems (Windows, OSX, iOS, etc.) for desktop and mobile devices, as well as major browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.)
  • Accessing PDF Documents with Assistive TechnologyAdobe PDF document file : A user guide on accessing PDF documents with screen readers for blind and visually impaired users.
  • BrowseAloud : BrowseAloud is a free browser plug-in for people who find it difficult to read text online. BrowseAloud reads text aloud and highlights the words as they are spoken. BrowseAloud can help people with learning disabilities, English as a second language, and mild visual impairments. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has additional helpful information about this tool on their website.
  • eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ : eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ is assistive technology that provides an onscreen keyboard, mouse alternatives, text and image zooming, visual “click assist,” text-to-speech, and voice recognition. Desktop and mobile applications are available for free at Essential Accessibility’s website.
  • NVDA Screen Reader : NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader provides speech output. A free download of NVDA screen reader is available at NV Access’s website.

Additional Resources
  • iCanConnect : iCanConnect was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is also known as the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). If you have significant combined vision and hearing loss and meet federal income guidelines, iCanConnect can provide you with free communication technology and training.
  • Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) : WATAP provides assistive technology resources and expertise to Washington residents with disabilities. Some of their services include borrowing from their device library as a short term accommodation and provision of telecommunications equipment to eligible applicants.
  • Washington Telecommunication Relay Services : A free service provided by the Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) ensuring equal communication access to the telephone service for people who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and speech disabled. This service allows hearing callers to communicate with deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech disabled relay users and vice versa through specially trained relay operators. Calls can be made to anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no restrictions on the number, length, or type of calls. All calls are strictly confidential and no records of any conversations are maintained.

Use of information obtained from external websites is voluntary. Any information obtained from an external website is not guaranteed by the Conservation Commission and the user should review for accuracy before relying upon it.


Contact Information

If you have questions about SCC’s commitment to accessibility, or would like to offer comments, please contact: Laura Johnson at ljohnson@scc.wa.gov, or (360) 407-6936.

For general questions or comments about the scc.wa.gov site, contact commission@scc.wa.gov.