Accessibility for Leaders

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“Accessibility allows us to tap into everyone’s potential.” ― Debra Ruh, Disability Rights Activist

Impact

Information accessibility is equally as important as information security. Just as the State of Colorado meets federal law to protect privacy, information used by the state must meet accessibility standards requirements.

Accessibility is a team sport. There isn’t a single office, agency, or division within the state who will make digital services accessible. Every person who contributes content to a website or application and every state employee who creates and shares emails, documents, or presentations is responsible for making it accessible to everyone.

Responsibilities

Executive leaders are responsible for communicating an explicit and measurable vision for accessibility.

Managers inspire action by communicating the roles and responsibilities that employees have in achieving the vision by creating clear goals for employees and through providing accessibility training and tools.

Agency IT Roadmap

Include accessibility initiatives in your agency's IT roadmap. Plan on working with OIT to leverage the tools and support needed to help your agency measure and comply with accessibility guidelines.

Performance Plan

Create accessibility goals and expectations for employees that support professional growth. Communicate that accessibility is a priority by setting individual goals and tracking progress through performance evaluations. 

Learning and Growth

Increase accessibility skills across your teams by encouraging that employees take training, like the Siteimprove Academy courses (requires a login), available at no charge.

Purchasing Technology

Ensure that all newly procured technology is accessible and compatible with assistive technology. 

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 or Siteimprove Academy, please contact Theresa Montano, OIT Solutions Architect of Accessibility at theresa.montano@state.co.us.

Don't have access to Siteimprove? Use these free browser extensions:

Siteimprove Academy, Siteimprove (Requires a login)

To request accessibility testing: