Our state websites are a key communication tool with our residents and are more often than not, the first place residents will go for government information. Just as accessible ramps are required for persons in wheelchairs, but also make it easier for parents with strollers access to a local office, websites that are accessible allow easier access to every citizen to connect to state government, no matter what their reason.
California’s AB 434 requires departments by July 1, 2019 to post on their website a certification on their state entity website’s accessibility.
State entities, and any contractors working for them, are responsible for ensuring that their state entity’s public websites are accessible to the general public. State entities are to align with Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA Standards in addition to the requirements of Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794d).
The following tools and resources will provide departments with the ability to start and keep making government websites accessible to all.
Web Accessibility Policy
Web Accessibility Policy 2018 will include Technology Letter (TL), SAM 4833.2, and Template Certificate Form
Toolkit by DOR
The Department of Rehabilitation Toolkit Includes assessment forms, tools and tips for testing, creating content, and other resources.
Accessibility Standards and AB 434
Please refer to the following laws and regulations surrounding web accessibility:
A guide for embedding accessibility and inclusive design practices into your team’s workflow published by the federal Government Services Agency.
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