Understand Common Accessibility Challenges
The deadline for meeting accessibility guidelines in California public agencies was July 1st, 2019. If you're not compliant today, chances are you're hustling to catch up by the new deadline of July 1st, 2021. We're familiar with the challenges related to making public services and content accessible to citizens with disabilities and have the expertise to address these challenges efficiently with a phased approach. We share your goal of serving everybody in the community and are here to partner. The common accessibility challenges are as follows, sound familiar?
Evaluate Accessibility Compliance
Every department is unique and serves a purpose different from any other. Therefore, it's necessary to create accessibility standards that are specific to serving the needs of your citizens and communities that use your services. Using WCAG and Section 508 as minimum guidelines give us our direction, and we add value from there.
Remediate Any Accessibility Violations
Through state experience working with the Department of Tech & Department of Rehabilitation on accessibility remediation, we have the processes and know-how to exceed the minimum guidelines so your citizens and customers have equal and open access to information. The remediation process is where you take action and problem solve. It includes:
Maintain Compliance As New Standards Arrive
Once your department has achieved compliance, you'll need to stay compliant by maintaining the drive to serve your constituents. This involves building accessibility habits so they become second nature to those who create documents and webpages. These habits can be developed using the following steps:
All people, regardless of disabilities, have civil rights in the United States of America, and should be on the same priority level as those who do not have a disability. The world has become digitized and should be made accessible so everyone can have an equal opportunity to access it.
Section 508 requirements, comprised of public-facing electronic content and agency official communication (e.g., internal forms, templates, and Intranet content).
January 2018, that the State of California created a law (AB 434) requiring all state agencies and state entities to make their public website digitally accessible by July 1, 2019. Therefore, as a California state agency or entity, you are required to meet the AB 434 certification deadline every two years now and are now aware of the Section 508 requirements which comprise of, not only Public-Facing electronic content, but Agency Official Communication (e.g., internal forms, templates, and Intranet content).
Learn what current guidance your agency should be following and how to prepare to achieve and maintain compliance.