Web Accessibility Statement


Berkshire Community College (BCC) is committed to making berkshirecc.edu accessible and inclusive to every user regardless of technology or ability.

In 2022, BCC's Marketing and Communications department began an accessibility audit and a page-by-page remediation of the code and content of berkshirecc.edu by following Section 508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), which is produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Conformance Status Report

Report created: Sept. 16, 2022; modified: July 8, 2024

The WCAG defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. BCC's main website, berkshirecc.edu, partially conforms with WCAG 2.1 levels A and AA. Partial conformance means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

Key Accessibility Features

  • Skip-to-main-content link
  • Color contrast
  • Legible text that can be increased or decreased in size
  • Structural presentation to identify headings and lists
  • Keyboard "focus"

Remediation: In Progress

  • Template Remediation

    Add skip-to-main-content link.

    Add link focus.

    Improve text-to-background color contrast for some page elements (contrast between the text and background must be greater than or equal to 4.5:1 for small text and 3:1 for large text).

    Fix search feature.

    Edit scripts that incorrectly modify HTML output.

    Remediate embedded forms.

    Update HTML5 landmarks and roles.

  • Page-by-page Remediation

    Add or improve meta descriptions.

    Write consistent, meaningful meta titles and descriptions.


    Rename redundant and/or insufficient link titles.


    Reorder headings in hierarchical importance.

    Ensure headings are meaningful and concise.


    Add meaningful alternative image attributes.

    Write out text contained in images, if necessary.

    • Recommendation: Replace images that contain text

    Fix Fontawesome source code and add WAI-ARIA labels.


    Replace PDF forms with accessible HTML ones, if possible.

    Correct forms that have missing or improperly labeled fields.

    Video Embeds
    • Recommendation: Add auto descriptions to YouTube videos
    PDF Files

    Replace PDF files with HTML pages, if possible.

    Replace embedded PDF files with links.

    Manual Testing
    • Interactive controls are keyboard focusable
    • Interactive elements indicate their purpose and state
    • The page has a logical tab order
    • Visual order on the page follows DOM order
    • User focus is not accidentally trapped in a region
    • The user's focus is directed to new content added to the page
    • HTML5 landmark elements are used to improve navigation
    • Offscreen content is hidden from assistive technology
    • Custom controls have associated labels
    • Custom controls have ARIA roles
  • Report a Barrier