State Accessibility Standards

Formed under the direction of the California Technology Agency, the Information Organization, Usability, Currency, and Accessibility (IOUCA) Working Group, along with Department of Rehabilitation recommended these accessibility standards for California:

  1. Compliance with California Government Code 11135 including Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508
  2. Principles of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0 “AA” Conformance Level) developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  3. Five recommended best practices from the California Department of Rehabilitation based upon its work with Section 508, WCAG, and the communities serving people with disabilities

The standards were adopted in 2006, and are to be used for planning new and redesigned state websites.

  • Download California’s Website Accessibility Standards (PDF) *In addition to these standards, federal courts have begun to enforce WCAG 2.0 standards.  Please follow WCAG 2.0 as stated above.  State and federal standards are in the process be being updated, and will be posted when available.
  • Website Development Policy (PDF) – Issued January 19, 2007

State web developers should continuously validate their agency or department’s web pages for accessibility pursuant to the above standards. This website provides information on how to keep your website accessible when adding or modifying content.


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