Web Accessibility Requirements and Assessment Checklists
Agency/State entity internet websites must be in compliance with California Government Code Sections 7405 and California Government Code Sections 11135, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The following links will give you the technical assistance you need to start determining if your websites are compliant with California Government Code Section 11546.7 and various tools to modify your site to make it accessible.
Checklists and Forms
- WACoP’s Web Accessibility Assessment Checklist (DOC)
- WebAIM’s WCAG 2 Checklist
- Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
- Health and Human Services accessibility checklists
It’s important to effectively plan prior to starting an accessibility assessment. The assessment planning documents will help determine tasks and work needed, how to approach and implement the work practically, what standards you will use, the number or resources required and how to communicate the results.
- Define Scope
- Identify Resources
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
- Follow Best Practices
- Assistive Technology Reference Guide (DOC)
Usability and accessibility are different lenses to assess user experience. An accessibility assessment supports evaluation of IT systems for compliance with applicable statutes and policies. For a system to truly be accessible, it must be usable for the person employing assistive technology and provide an experience comparable to a person not using assistive technology.
Usability and accessibility remediation efforts ensure existing systems provide equal access, satisfy compliance regulations, and improve user experience. Things to consider for a when drafting remediation plan for accessibility:
- Identify key decision makers
- Remediation of existing systems known usability and accessibility issues
- Plan for future process improvements