STATE WEB ACCESSIBILITY AB 434
Welcome to the State of California’s Accessibility Toolkit.
The Toolkit is designed to help determine if your website is compliant with AB 434 and to provide resources to make your website and website content accessible.
WHAT IS AB 434 (California Government Code Section 11546.7)?
AB 434, chaptered as California Government Code Section 11546.7, requires state agency Directors and their Chief Information Officers certify their agency website complies with Government Code Section 7405 and 11135, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, or a subsequent version, published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium at minimum Level AA success criteria. These certifications must be signed by July 1, 2019, and then on July 1 every other year thereafter.
California Department of Technology Letter
Website Accessibility Certification Technology Letter TL 18-05 (PDF).
CDT Website Accessibility Training
Introductory training for web accessibility is no longer available. In its place, offerings for general web accessibility awareness training, document accessibility training for document creators, and technical web accessibility training for web developers through the Department of Technology are being worked on. More to come!
CALPIA Website Accessibility Compliance Testing Services
California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) provides Accessibility Compliance Testing Services (ACTS) for state websites.
WHY DOES DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY MATTER?
Just like the laws that govern physical accessibility, like accessible restrooms, parking spaces and braille signage, we have laws to make websites accessible to people with disabilities.
Without digital accessibility, millions of Californians experience barriers when using the internet to search for services, file forms or access content on state government websites.
As more and more of society use speech activated devices, or use our cell phones hands free, making websites accessible benefits all of us. Just as accessible ramps make it easier for parents with strollers to access to a local office, websites that are accessible allow easier access to every citizen to connect to state government, whether using their cell phone or using Assistive Technology.
For more on WCAG and how accessibility benefits us all, read Why I Love WCAG (And You Should, Too!)
Learn answers to the most frequently asked digital accessibility questions.
For feedback and further answers on the content of this site, an email can be sent to: AB434toolkit@dor.ca.gov