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Accessibility 101 For State And Local Government

Your citizens want to be connected with their state and local government,
even if it’s just to schedule a bulk trash pickup.
Digital accessibility helps people with disabilities engage
with their community, vote in elections, and have their voices heard in local politics.

Real Citizens. Real Issues.

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A town wishes to collect feedback from citizens regarding a potential change to their programs, but the form’s fields cannot be read by a screen reader.

A citizen with low vision wishes to look up her property tax record on her iPad, but the county’s website does not allow pinch-to-zoom, so she cannot make the text large enough to read.

A video is posted on a state senator’s website, but it does not include captions or a transcript for constituents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The ADA & you

The Law: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II

First passed: 1990

Last refreshed: 2008

Applies to: State and local government agencies

Requires: State and local government agencies must provide accommodations for citizens with disabilities.

Read more about ADA Title II in our free whitepaper.

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What is accessibility?

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Digital accessibility refers to the ability of users with disabilities to effectively use information technology (IT) systems including websites, mobile or web-based applications, software, and hardware. Digital accessibility is generally concerned with ensuring that IT systems are designed in such a way that they interact appropriately with assistive technologies.

Assistive technologies can include:

Screen readers, Braille keypads, or screen magnification software so users who are blind or low vision can read your content.

Voice recognition software that helps those with mobility disabilities (even arthritis) navigate the web and type using only their voice.

Head pointers and switch devices that allow those with more limited movement navigate without using their hands or a traditional mouse.

Why Accessibility?

Some of our elders remember the days when a computer filled an entire room. Now, we have computers in our pockets. So many aspects of our lives are made easier by technology.

Yet, those with disabilities are often left out when hardware, software, websites, and apps are designed without a thought for their needs.

A tablet at the doctor’s office has a sign-in program that disables the pinch-to-zoom feature, making it impossible for a woman with low vision to fill out her medical history.

An online learning portal uses automatically-generated captions on their videos, leaving a deaf student at a loss for words. Literally.

A retail website does not include alt text on their product images, so a shopper who is blind cannot “see” what the images show about the laptop bag he wants to buy.

By some estimates, one in five people has a disability that affects their daily life. Having equal access to technology has a profound, enabling effect for people with disabilities.

1 in 5 people has a disability that affects their daily life.

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