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Effective July 2019 onwards, California AB 434 requires that all websites of state agencies and entities must be accessible to users of all abilities. Specifically, websites must conform (at minimum) to Level AA of the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

It requires the Director of each agency to biennially post on their website a signed form confirming that the agency’s website complies with California Government Code Section 7405 and California Government Code Section 11135, and WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines.

With the certification deadline approaching in the first half of 2023 (before July 1, 2023), it’s important that State agencies and entities get recertified.

What is California Government Code Section 7405?

Government Code Section 7405 directs that state governmental entities follow Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act requiring accessibility of electronic and information technology.

The State Legislature passed Section 7405 in 2016. The law came into effect from January 1, 2017 onwards.

The Legislature finds and declares that the ability to utilize electronic or information technology is often an essential function for successful employment in the current work world.

There are two main sections in the code:

Section A

  • State agencies have to become compliant to improve accessibility of existing technology. They also have to increase the successful employment of individuals with disabilities. Particularly blind and visually impaired and deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.
  • All state governmental entities shall comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508.
  • Agencies must demonstrate compliance when developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic or information technology, either indirectly or through the use of state funds by other entities.

Section B

Any entity that contracts with a state or local entity (subject to Section 11135) for the provision of electronic or information technology or for the provision of related services shall:

  • agree to respond to, and
  • resolve any complaint regarding accessibility of, its products or services.

Websites compliant with Government Code Section 7405

The Choose Change California

The Choose Change California website is in compliance with Sections 7405 and 11135, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, or a subsequent version, at a minimum Level AA success criteria.

Accessible Features

Below you will find a list of some of the technology solutions integrated to make the website easy to navigate, fast-loading, and accessible.

Photographs/Images

Alternative Text “ALT” attributes provide a written description of the image, which is accessible to screen readers. This is also useful for people who have images turned off on their browser, in which case a description will display where the image used to be.

WCAG 2.0 Level AA

The template adheres to WCAG 2.0 AA Guidelines and Success Criteria organized under the following 4 principles:

  • Perceivable: Provide text alternatives for non-text content. Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia. Create content to present in different ways, including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning. Make it easier for users to see and hear content.
  • Operable: Make all functionality available from a keyboard. Give users enough time to read and use content. Do not use content that causes seizures. Help users navigate and find content.
  • Understandable: Make text readable and understandable. Make content appear and operate in predictable ways. Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
  • Robust: Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools.

Disability Rights California

Disability Rights California’s website is compliant with Sections 7405, 11135, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA and AAA whenever feasible given the nature of the content presented.  

The Disability Rights group commits to evaluate and improve its website to ensure it complies with the best practices and standards defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and/or any issues brought to its attention by users.

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, Section 508 mandates. These require websites and digital documents like PDF’s to be 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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