Ohlone College seeks to make all programs and services, including electronic and Information Technology Services, accessible to people with disabilities. In this spirit, and in accordance with the provisions of Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the College provides students, faculty, staff, and visitors with reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the College.

Individuals with disabilities should contact Disabled Students Programs and Services for assistance.

The Vice President of Human Resources and Training serves as compliance officer for student matters concerning ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations.

Alternate Media

Ohlone College provides Alternate Media services to qualified students who need materials in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audiotape, or electronic text. For additional information, please contact Disabled Students Programs and Services at (510) 659-6079.

Web Accessibility

Ohlone College is committed to providing web pages that meet Section 508 guidelines for web accessibility. Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.

Toward that end, each of the top-level ("core") pages on the main Ohlone College website and all other web pages managed by the College's Web Team meet Priority 1 accessibility guidelines. In addition, Ohlone College's Alternate Media Specialist and the Web Team are available to educate faculty and staff on accessibility concerns including information about Section 508 requirements for web page content.

The Ohlone College website includes features designed to improve accessibility for all site visitors. In addition, a list of Common Acronyms and Abbreviations used on the Ohlone College website is available.

For the benefit of our visitors, the Ohlone College website contains links to third party sites not operated by Ohlone College. Such sites are not within the control of Ohlone College and may not follow the same privacy, security, or accessibility policies as Ohlone College. Ohlone College is not responsible for the content or availability of those sites, their partners, or advertisers.

Reporting an Issue

If you are having difficulty accessing an Ohlone College web page, we would like to know so that we may evaluate the page for accessibility. You may contact us by sending an email message to In your email message, please provide the following information:

  • The web address of web page (the URL) in question.
  • A description in as much detail as possible of the problems you are having with accessing the page.
  • Technical information: Operating system (version of Windows or Mac), web browser, web browser version, adaptive software.
  • Your contact information: Name, telephone number and email address.

Alternatively, you may send your feedback (see above) by U.S. Mail to:

Ohlone College - Information Technology Services
43600 Mission Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94539-5847

For more information about providing feedback, please see Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) for tips regarding what information you could provide so we can make improvements.

Keyboard Commands Supported by Browsers

Web browsers provide support for a variety of keyboard commands to support navigation and interaction without requiring the use of a mouse. The following table includes common keyboard commands:

Common Keyboard Commands
Keystroke Windows Mac OS X
Increase Text Size Control+Plus Sign Command+Plus Sign
Decrease Text Size Control+Minus Sign Command+Minus Sign
Restore Text to Default Control+0 Command+0
Move forward through form fields Tab Tab
Move backward through form fields Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Go back a page Alt+Left Arrow Command+Left Arrow
Go forward a page Alt+Right Arrow Command+Right Arrow
Close the window Control+W Command+W

Additional keyboard commands may be found for the following supported web browsers:

Accessibility Features in place on the Ohlone College Website


Content images (images that have a meaning - i.e., aren't just for decoration) are marked with an "alt" (alternate) attribute which provides a simple description of the image. This aids visitors who listen to the content of the site using a screen reader, rather than visually reading the site, as well as visitors who view web pages with the image setting turned off in their web browser. Purely decorative graphics are marked with a blank/null "alt" attribute.

If not explained in the text, images with complex content (such as a graph or chart) include a "(d)" link next to the image and/or a "longdesc" (long description) attribute on the image tag; each of these link to a text description of the image.

Multimedia: Video, Audio

Video and audio files made available on Ohlone College web pages have a notice indicating whether or not they are captioned or have a transcript.

Video and audio files should be either captioned or accompanied by a link to a text transcript. However, some video/audio files may not be captioned or accompanied by a transcript, depending on the age of the video/audio file, the resources available, and/or the knowledge/skillset of the person producing the video/audio file. In some cases, such as a dance performance video or music, a description of the video or the source information (such as title, author, date) is supplied.

In addition, live online video/audio broadcasts (webcasts) and archives of those webcasts (e.g., Board of Trustees meetings, ONTV Newscasts, some Athletics events, speeches by the College President, and other webcasts) are not captioned and do not have a transcript.


"Skip to" links at the top of a web page provide a method for bypassing the header and going directly to the main content or to the side navigation each time a page is accessed.

PDF Files and Microsft Office Files

There are links to Portable Document Format (PDF) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) files throughout the College website. Some of these files may not be compliant with screen readers devices, depending on the age of the file, the software used to create the file, the resources available, and/or the knowledge/skillset of the person creating the file.

Adobe Systems, Inc., has improved the accessibility features of their Adobe Acrobat software and has developed resources to improve access to Adobe PDF files. For additional information, please visit Adobe Accessibility Tutorials.

Web Standards

All web pages managed by the Web Team use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Visual Layout

All web pages managed by the Web Team use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for layout, font style, font size, colors, and other stylistic elements. HTML tables are used for data tables.

Browser Plugins

Plugins are add-on web browser applications that enable a web browser to access non-web file formats, such as PDF, word processing, spreadsheet, movie, audio, and other multimedia.

The Ohlone College website links to files that require a browser plugin in order to open the file. A list of browser plugins and links to their author (manufacturer) sites follows. You may need the assistance of your organization's system administrator to install these programs.

Recommended plugins for viewing content on the Ohlone College website

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) -
    • Links to Portable Document Format files are marked with: (PDF)
    • Information regarding the accessibility of PDF files is available at Adobe's Accessibility website
    • If you have trouble opening a PDF file, please clear the browser's cache, then try again to open the PDF file.
  • Microsoft Office Converters and Viewers (free) -
    • Microsoft Word - links are marked (DOC), (DOCX) or (MS Word)
    • Microsoft PowerPoint - links are marked (PPT), (PPTX), or (MS PowerPoint)
    • Microsoft Excel - links are marked (XLS), (XLSX), or (MS Excel)
    • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 file formats (.docx, .xlsx, pptx)
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player (free) (Windows and Mac versions) - Required for accessing WMV video/audio files.

Video/Audio/Multimedia Software

Other Helpful Software

You may need to install software which will enable you to expand (unzip) compressed (zipped) files. The following programs are popular for unzipping files. You may need the assistance of your organization's system administrator to install these programs.

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