Eye on the Prize: How EDUPRIZE Met Its Web Accessibility Goals with Cryptzone
EDUPRIZE is an Arizona based charter school serving over 3,700 students from Pre-K t0 High School. The EDUPRIZE mission is to provide educational excellence to its community of learners with multiple modality instruction and a strong differentiated curriculum. Serving over 3,700 students in three Arizona-based campus locations, EDUPRIZE is the only A+ charter school in Arizona. It received Phoenix Magazine’s “Best Schools” recognition and is fully accredited by the Advanced ED (NCA/CASI).
EDUPRIZE launched its new website in 2014 to provide information on the charter school and as a resource for staff, parents and students. Following the launch of the new site, EDUPRIZE was made aware that the site was not fully accessible to the visually impaired.
Aaron Cremona, Director of Operations at EDUPRIZE said, “We run a lean technology and IT department at EDUPRIZE. To develop our new website, we contracted the project out. However, without an internal accessibility expert, we were unaware that the site was inaccessible. Once alerted of the issues, we took immediate action, but needed help.” The IT team initially lacked the knowledge to identify and rectify the inaccessibility issues with the site. As a result, EDUPRIZE sought a solution to help.
Cremona continued, “I immediately started searching for solutions looking at both free online Web accessibility tools and also for examples of what other education institutions used. We required a solution that would not only help us identify the problems, but help us repair the issues. We also needed to provide our small team with education on the regulations for Web accessibility so we could improve and conduct effective training.”
EDUPRIZE required an automated solution to identify and remediate all the accessibility issues across its public facing website, as well as reporting capabilities to allow them to demonstrate how it was addressing the problem.
FINDING THE RIGHT SOLUTION
“A core value of EDUPRIZE Schools since the doors opened 20 years ago is to meet the needs of every child. The school has received numerous recognitions for its ability to serve special educational needs. Given how important Web accessibility was to solve, we needed a resolution immediately. On day one of our search, we came across HiSoftware on another educational institution’s site and got in touch with them immediately. In just 48 hours, we had an agreement in place to use HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff. We were up and running with a hosted solution following a tutorial with HiSoftware’s customer solutions team,” continued Cremona.
To read all the detail on EDUPRIZE’s requirements and how it now utilizes Cryptzone solutions to solve accessibility challenges, read the full case study now.