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“The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that state and local governments provide individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities. This means that local governments are required, and expected, to ensure all of their digital content is accessible by citizens with visual, auditory, and other physical limitations and disabilities.”Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, ADA.gov
“If information or tools on a state or local government’s website are available to the public but are not available to some people with disabilities because they aren’t accessible, that is in violation of the rights afforded by the ADA.”Source: Bureau of Internet Accessibility
“Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits states and local governments from discriminating on the basis of disability in “all services, programs, and activities provided to the public.”Source: National Conference of State Legislatures
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in places of public accommodation and by state and local governments. In fact, Title II of the ADA specifically applies to state and local government entities, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.
Additionally, according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), many states have also passed legislation requiring Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) accessibility, which is also known as Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Click here to access the GSA’s state-by-state listing so you can look up to see the published laws and/or policies for your specific state.
So let’s face it, communities expect their state and local governments to value and prioritize accessibility. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility is here to help and is the only resource available that features an extraordinary team comprised of persons with disabilities using assistive technology that can test, re-test, and confirm where state and local government websites fail accessibility audits per the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level A/AA.
If you need to ensure greater website accessibility and compliance for persons with disabilities, don’t go it alone. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility has been helping state government agencies to achieve compliance for more than 20 years.
Get in touch with us today to get started on your journey to website accessibility and compliance success. We offer both FREE consultation services and a FREE website accessibility scan to see where your biggest online pain points currently exist. Let’s get started.