EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In less than 70 days, local government agencies across the U.S. are required to make website content and all digital information accessible to all users, including those with visual, hearing or other disabilities. Vision, the innovators in website design and software for local government, today announced a number of services and free resources designed to help local leaders comply with these federal accessibility mandates before the January 18, 2018 deadline.
More than 60 million Americans have some form of disability that inhibits them from using electronic information or browsing with a mouse. To ensure greater accessibility for all, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, defines how to make websites and content more accessible to people with disabilities. Last January, the U.S. Access Board published a Final Rule requiring that all web, electronic and mobile digital content meet WCAG 2.0 AA standards by January 18, 2018.
While awareness of the accessibility compliance deadline is increasing, Nachman said the results of Vision’s 2017 “What’s Next Survey” revealed the level of accessibility knowledge among local government leaders remains low. “An overwhelming number of government leaders – 87 percent – said they have moderate, weak or no knowledge of Federal Web accessibility requirements,” he said. “The good news is that, with the right resources and training, professionals in every agency can learn to write, format and maintain content that is optimized for citizens with disabilities.”
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