The South Carolina State Library (SCSL) is committed to making its website accessible to all users. Reasonable efforts are made to accommodate all customers using enabling software or assistive devices. SCSL welcomes comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities.
To meet this commitment, SCSL complies with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Section 508 sets forth guidelines for developing and maintaining accessible information technology. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that help achieve these goals. The law applies to all federal agencies that develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Though not specifically bound by this federal legislation, the State Library has chosen to use Section 508 as the standard for accessibility compliance for its website. To ensure that the State Library meets or exceeds the requirements of Section 508, the State Library continually reviews its site and modifies its pages to remove accessibility barriers for people with disabilities.
Currently, South Carolina State Library website contains documents in Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) format. A free Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for download. At times, screen-reading devices cannot read PDF files. To address that problem, Adobe Systems, Inc., is developing several products designed to make PDF documents more accessible to screen reading software. Adobe provides its customers a form that may be used to convert PDF documents to HTML. Adobe’s Accessibility Resource Center describes its efforts to improve the accessibility of PDF files.
Customers using assistive technology such as Braille readers or screen readers who encounter difficulties accessing the SCSL website, should email the User Experience Designer or the Director of Talking Books Services. Please indicate the nature of the accessibility problem, the preferred format for receipt of the material, the web address of the requested material, and personal contact information.