If California state agencies do not have July 1 circled on their calendars, they might want to do so.
That’s the date when the State Assembly will require state agencies and state entities to post certification that their sites are in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA, or a subsequent version, and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. In layman’s terms, accessibility to all website content by those with disabilities.
“That’s not enough time!” protests probably won’t be graciously considered, since the law that specifies this requirement, AB 434, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown back on October 14, 2017.
In other words, you’ve had two years to get ready.
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We get it. You can’t post certification of compliance without knowing for certain that your website is actually in compliance. And that requires a closer look at almost every element that comprises a website – the written content, the photos, the videos, the design, the logos and graphics, and the navigation links.
360Civic can’t post your signed certification, but we can make sure your site has earned it before it’s posted.
We know how to meet the requirements of AB 434, and determine that your site is in compliance with Sections 7405 and 11135, and the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium at a minimum Level AA success criteria.
This is important stuff. State websites should be fully accessible to people with disabilities, particularly those who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard-of-hearing.
It’s one reason why 360Civic created "ADA for Public Sector Websites: Why Compliance is Essential and What is Required to Achieve It." Read it for free here.
ADA compliance stipulates that websites allow everyone to experience the full range of services and experience provided by a website. As more functions move online as part of a digital front door or even smart city strategy, the need to serve these citizens with an accessible website becomes more crucial.
This white paper focuses on the strategy of ADA compliance, usability and related laws, and how they apply to design and user experience. It is not intended as a legal document, but as a design strategy and primer to help public sector entities understand the issues and possibilities inherent in implementing a compliant site.