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ADA Compliance Statement

Villa Maria College has a commitment to making its services accessible to all segments of our community.

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ADA Compliance Statement

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Titles I and II of the ADA of 1990, and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and our own organization’s Mission and Vision Statements, Villa Maria College has a commitment to making its services accessible to all segments of our community.

Website Accessibility

Villa Maria College is committed to ensuring that our web site is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we are continually striving to improve the experience for all of our visitors.

Standards Compliance

All pages on this site follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
All pages on this site follow priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
All pages on this site should validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.

Structural Markup

Web pages on include 5 different areas:

  1. A header bar that includes selected basic navigation and internal page navigation,
  2. A top navigation bar with primary navigation links,
  3. A main content area,
  4. A left “side bar” containing contextual navigation and additional information,
  5. A footer, containing links to our contact information and to important documents for the site.

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 5 key areas are read in the above order.

Access Keys

This site does not use the accesskey attribute. Unfortunately, access keys often clash with keys set aside for use with other User Agents. (i.e. assistive technology). For this reason, we have decided to not set access keys.


  1. Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
  2. Content should be usable/accessible with images “off” (disabled).


  1. Some links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  2. Links are written to make sense out of context.
  3. The first link in every document is a “Skip to Content”; it is to skip directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content).
  4. URLs are permanent whenever possible.


This website makes use of online forms. When they are implemented they use these accessibility methods:

  1. Form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
  2. Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script.
  3. An alternate form of contact is always available: by phone, fax, or traditional mail.


Any client-side scripts used are non obtrusive.

Visual Design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  4. Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).