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ISBE is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities and has designed the ISBE web site to be accessible by everyone. As used in this statement, "ISBE web site" or “ISBE web pages" do not include web sites, applications, or content not owned and controlled by ISBE and the State of Illinois. “Accessible" as used in this statement means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. A person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally, and independently as a person without a disability. Although this might not result in identical ease of use compared to that of persons without disabilities, it still must ensure equal opportunity to the benefits and opportunities afforded by the technology and equal treatment in the use of such technology.

The web site was coded to comply with both the American with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) and the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 US.C 794d), as amended. ISBE's web site has also been designed to be accessible to individuals with disabilities consistent with the requirements of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA), enacted on August 20, 2008.  The IITAA establishes specific web accessibility standards and requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their web sites, systems, and other information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities.  While the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act require the State to address accessibility in general, the IITAA requires Illinois agencies and universities to establish and follow specific, functional accessibility standards and to address accessibility proactively.   For more information, see Public Act 095-0307.

Along with state and Federal law compliance, efforts have been made to ensure compatibility with common technologies utilized by the adaptive community such as screen magnification software, screen-reading software, and text-only browsers. 

 

 Adobe Acrobat PDF Files

ISBE has a large number of documents in Adobe Acrobat® Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF format is used to preserve the content and layout of our hard copy publications. Publications in PDF can only be viewed and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader®, version 3.0 or higher. You can download and get help using the Acrobat Reader at the Adobe Systems, Inc. site. The downloadable Acrobat Reader software is available at NO CHARGE from Adobe.

People using screen-reading devices generally are unable to read documents directly in PDF format, unless they have an accessibility plug-in installed on their system along with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. This plug-in is available at NO CHARGE from Adobe. Adobe also has online tools that will convert PDF files to HTML on request. To get the plug-in and latest news about Adobe's accessibility tools and services, visit the Access Adobe site.

 Statement Of Compliance With Federal Law

ISBE complies with all Federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination, and with all requirements of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

ISBE does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to designated youth groups.

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