Digital accessibility is important for many reasons. How would you access the Internet if you had difficulty seeing your computer screen, strained to hear sound, or had trouble using a keyboard or a mouse? In the U.S. today, 1 in 5 citizens has a disability and many struggle to visit their local government websites to pay utility bills, register children for Parks and Rec programs, and weigh in on community issues.
Download Our Digital Accessibility Checklist
Despite more than 25 years of laws governing digital accessibility, Vision’s 2016 survey of hundreds of local government leaders across America revealed that 89 percent of respondents had moderate, weak or no knowledge of website accessibility requirements. To promote increased awareness for local government website accessibility, we developed a best practices checklist for Digital Accessibility.
The Checklist groups requirements into these four categories:
- Develop accessibility readiness
- Build accessible content
- Give users control over accessibility
- Keep your website accessible
Article - Rancho Cordova Launches Accessible Website
Rancho Cordova describes how they made accessibility a priority in their website redesign in this article published in EfficientGov,
You can view the EfficientGov article on our website.
Press Release - Read How Vision Helped Customers with Website Accessibility
In a recent press release, two of our customers shared how Vision helped them develop websites that met accessibility standards. Providing equal access to information and facilities is critical to Bend, Oregon and they now include an Accessibility/ADA information page on their website. In Rancho Cordova, California, the website project team discovered that compliance with accessibility standards had implications for the colors on their site as well as on the design itself.
Read how Vision helped Bend and Rancho Cordova in the press release.
Additional Resources on Website Accessibility
You can find additional information on local government website accessibility in these blog posts and articles:
- An Introduction to Accessibility for Local Government Websites
- Why You Should Be Serious About Website Accessibility
- A Video Introduction to Digital Accessibility for Local Government
- Digital Accessibility: Is Your Local Government Accessible? (published in ELGL)
At Vision, we specialize in helping agencies research and implement user-focused improvements, and are always happy to discuss your particular needs. Request a free consultation now.