What is "Digital Access"?

Disability Access Services (DAS) supports the intent of the proposed Section 508 refresh, and California's effort to create and support Digital Access for all California State employees. We strive for;

  1. All State employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by state employees who are not individuals with disabilities; and

  2. That members of the public with disabilities who are seeking information or data from a state agency have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities.

Regardless of the medium or method of transmission and storage, electronic content that communicates official agency business, as determined by the agency mission, to a state employee or a member of the public shall conform to Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements specified for web pages in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. This shall apply when the content of the communication includes one or more of the following:

  • Content that is public facing;

  • Content that is broadly disseminated throughout an agency, including templates;

  • Letters adjudicating any cause which is within the jurisdiction of the agency;

  • Internal and external program and policy announcements;

  • Notices of benefits, program eligibility, and employment opportunities and decisions;

  • Forms, questionnaires and surveys;

  • Emergency notifications;

  • Formal acknowledgements and receipts; or

  • Educational and training materials.

Source Document: Section 508 Refresh, Chapter 2: Scoping