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From: Swift, Daniel P.
Date: Thu, Jan 11 2018 9:55AM
Subject: formal statements and readability
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Does anyone know if there are any exemptions in regards to formal statements (legalese, mission statements, etc.) and accessibility from a readability perspective? We have several pages that are getting flagged because the content could be impossible to read for people that have learning disabilities.

How do other people handle formal statements when it comes to accessibility?

Thanks!

Dan Swift
Senior Web Specialist
Enterprise Services
West Chester University
610.738.0589

From: Duff Johnson
Date: Thu, Jan 11 2018 9:59AM
Subject: Re: formal statements and readability
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> Does anyone know if there are any exemptions in regards to formal statements (legalese, mission statements, etc.) and accessibility from a readability perspective? We have several pages that are getting flagged because the content could be impossible to read for people that have learning disabilities.
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> How do other people handle formal statements when it comes to accessibility?

This is generally addressed by declaring the specification you are attempting to meet. LD concerns are typically addressed in WCAG 2.0 Level AAA, for example. If your intent is to meet Level AA, you do not have an obligation to provide (for example) simplified text.

Duff.

From: Swift, Daniel P.
Date: Thu, Jan 11 2018 10:21AM
Subject: Re: formal statements and readability
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That makes sense - thanks!

Dan Swift
Senior Web Specialist
Enterprise Services
West Chester University
610.738.0589

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> Does anyone know if there are any exemptions in regards to formal statements (legalese, mission statements, etc.) and accessibility from a readability perspective? We have several pages that are getting flagged because the content could be impossible to read for people that have learning disabilities.
>
> How do other people handle formal statements when it comes to accessibility?

This is generally addressed by declaring the specification you are attempting to meet. LD concerns are typically addressed in WCAG 2.0 Level AAA, for example. If your intent is to meet Level AA, you do not have an obligation to provide (for example) simplified text.

Duff.