Web Accessibility: Getting Started

Kick starting your readiness for HB21-1110

While the specifics of Colorado’s web accessibility laws are ironed out, Marmot and the State Library have collected some tools and suggestions to help you navigate through the changes. This is not exhaustive or final, just a starting point.

Planning/Administration/Budget

  • Publish both an Accessibility Policy and an Accessibility Statement that have been approved by your  library’s governing entity. Here are some ideas:
  • Develop a budget for the tools and resources your library may need in order to make files and events accessible following July 1, 2024. Tools and resources you might need to budget for should address needs such as the following:
    • Captions or transcripts for video events such as Board meetings or programming
    • Audio description or alternative text for images, tables, or graphs
    • Adobe Pro – for creating accessible PDFs
    • Screen reader for testing
  • Include a notice in your Accessibility Statement, instructing visitors to the library’s websites on how to request reasonable modifications. The notice needs to provide more than one method to request accessible information, which could include an accessible form to submit feedback, an email address, and a toll-free phone number (with TTY), to contact library personnel knowledgeable about the accessibility of the library’s website.
  • Develop a workflow for handling accessibility complaints.  The Office of Information Technology is expected to publish rules outlining the amount of time libraries have to respond to complaints and what steps libraries are expected to take to accept, review, and respond to such complaints. When considering contracts with new vendors for digital products and services, review the Vendor Accessibility Guidelines & Checklist and the Accessibility Procurement Toolkit provided by the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology.

Training

Make It Happen

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