The California Community Colleges Accessibility Center is developing a framework for proactive accessibility under Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, and will begin working with colleges and districts to implement the new model in the 2023-24 fiscal year.
Known as the CCC Accessibility Capability Maturity Model (ACMM), the framework consists of a series of achievable goals and milestones to help colleges and districts ensure accessibility is incorporated into policies and procedures, and applied in practice. By outlining a structure for iterative improvement and proactive accessibility, the ACMM can help colleges and districts mitigate risk under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other legislation while aligning with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility efforts outlined in the CCC Vision for Success.
ACMM efforts by the Accessibility Center have this year focused on proactive accessibility efforts under Section 508. These efforts can help take pressure off of college disability services offices to provide accommodations. However, the ACMM was not designed to address accommodations processes and does not evaluate any gaps that may still exist in relation to supporting individual students with disabilities.
To help address these gaps, the Accessibility Center intends to develop support specifically related to Section 504 and other accommodation-related legislation to improve outcomes for student success in our system.
More information about the ACMM effort to date can be found on the Accessibility Capability Maturity Model page at the CCC Accessibility Center.
The CCC Accessibility Center is supported by the Shared Infrastructure Program grant awarded to Butte-Glenn Community College District under RFA 18-084 to provide technical expertise, policy guidance and tools to support colleges and districts in building an accessible technology environment. Visit the CCC Accessibility Center website to learn more.