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Effective July 2019 onwards, California AB 434 requires state agencies and entities to make their websites accessible. The websites must conform to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

It requires the Director of each agency to biennially post on their website a signed form. The form confirms that the website complies with Section 7405, 11135, and WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines.

With the deadline fast approaching in the first half of 2023, state agencies have to get recertified.

What is California Government Code Section 11135?

Section 11135 gives people with disabilities the right to full and equal access to the benefits of any program or activity.

11135 prevents discrimination on the basis of “race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, or disability.

This section prevents discrimination under any program:

  • conducted, operated, or administered by the state or by any state agency,
  • funded directly by the state, or
  • receives any financial assistance from the state

In essence, the statute bans discrimination in State programs or programs funded by the State.

Code 11135 subdivision (d) also requires State organizations that develop, procure, use, or maintain ICT to ensure that IT conforms to or exceeds Section 508 requirements.

This places a direct requirement on organizations to conform to the federal Section 508 requirements.

There are two main sections in the code:

  • No person shall be denied access to state program benefits on the basis of disability or any other condition.
  • Programs and activities shall meet the protections Section 202 of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

About codemantra

codemantra is a leading Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) Solutions Provider. Its AI-driven platform automates digital document accessibility compliance; captures, classifies, and extracts data; and transforms documents into any output format.

How codemantra helps State Agencies Achieve Section 508 compliance?

codemantra helps state, local and federal governments to comply with ADA, WCAG, and Section 508 mandates. These require websites and digital documents like PDF’s to be made accessible to people with disabilities.

The AI-powered platform accessibilityInsight auto-tags documents, establish reading order, add bookmarks in a logical and hierarchical manner. It allows users to add custom alt text to images.

Get in touch with us at 1-800-769-9715 or email us at engage@codemantra.com to speak to our expert accessibility professionals.

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