“We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”― Stevie Wonder
Accessibility is one of the most important parts of creating web services because when you improve the online experience for people with disabilities, you improve usability for all. In addition, you enhance trust in government, drive innovation, and extend service reach.
The quality of accessible content you create and share is the difference between a colleague or community member’s success and failure in their ability to accomplish a goal or receive essential services.
- Everyone who provides the content to a document or website is a content creator. As a content creator, you have the responsibility to create an equitable experience for users of all ability levels.
- The goal is to create content that is accessible as it’s created.
- Understand the State Accessibility Technical Standards and best practices for meeting compliance guidelines for all digital content you are producing.
- Website content creators need to understand how to use the Siteimprove tool and share progress on accessibility compliance with stakeholders.
- Understand how to create accessible documents and presentations.
- Stay updated on accessibility best practices.
What You Can Do
Resources for State of Colorado Agencies
Siteimprove: Siteimprove’s software helps to improve State website usability and accessibility by automating the process of finding errors and problems. Siteimprove alone will not make websites accessible but is part of a holistic approach to managing web services.
For questions about using Siteimprove, please contact the Technology Accessibility Program at OIT_Accessibility@state.co.us.
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State of Colorado Accessibility Statement
§24-85-103, C.R.S. - "Accessibility standards for individuals with a disability", (PDF)
TS-OEA-001: Technology Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, (PDF)
TS-OEA-002: Technology Accessibility for Web Content and Applications, (PDF)
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section508.gov