• What is Web Accessibility?

    Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging. (

    Harlem commitment to Web Accessibility

    Harlem School District #122 is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website for students, parents, and members of the community with disabilities. All pages on the Harlem School District #122 websites will conform to the W3C WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA conformance, or updated equivalents of these guidelines.

    Common Terms and Accessibility Guidelines


    Alternative Image Text (ALT)

    All Images posted will include alternative image text, also referred to as ALT text. This text is read by screen readers to describe what is in the image. Please refer to this guide of how to add alternative text using Site Manager

    Color Contrast

    Make sure there is a contrast between the text in the background. 

    Descriptive Links

    Links with a description embedded in the link. This is useful for screen readers to tell the destination of the link. Example - Link to this page

    Document Creation

     The Harlem School District recommends using the PDF format for documents. This widely adopted format can be open by many different computer and devices. This format, when crated correctly, is an accessible format. 

    Follow this document to created PDFs and PowerPoints that are accessible