HB21-1110: Colorado Laws For Persons With Disabilities
House Bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb21-1110
SIPA is following the State of Colorado's Technology Accessibility Guidelines
The Colorado.gov CMS platform built and managed by Tyler Colorado in accordance with the requirements identified by the Governor’s Office of Information Technology is a tool that allows all sites on the platform to attain compliance with the WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines, which is the current accessibility standard. All sites on the Colorado.gov platform are accessible for the commonly recognized accessibility features such as color contrast; the ability to use big buttons for links; keyboard navigation; and support of logical header structure to name a few. We work very closely with OIT to deploy changes to our platform to address accessibility issues or the needs of our customers. We've been in partnership with OIT on this effort since 2018 or so.
OIT Technology Accessibility Program
The Technology Accessibility Program (TAP) was created to help state agencies to provide equal access to state services, programs or activities. OIT, through TAP, gives state agencies tools and resources to implement up-to-date accessibility best practices such as:
- OIT's How to Begin with Accessibility Compliance
- Monthly Accessibility Newsletter
- Accessible PDFs and Documents
- OIT Procurement - Enterprise Agreements for IT products and services, including accessibility.
Accessibility News from OIT - August 2023
W3C to adopt new accessibility guidelines this month
Colorado law requires all state and local government entities to comply with the most recently published version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (§24-85-103, C.R.S.). This means that when the latest version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is released later this month, WCAG Version 2.2 will be adopted as the State of Colorado Accessibility Standards with immediate effect.
What does this mean for you?
- Your team will need to update all WCAG 2.1 references to read “WCAG 2.2.” Be sure to start by updating your Accessibility Statement on your website(s).
- You will need to familiarize yourself with the changes in the latest version of WCAG. More information is in the “What’s new in WCAG 2.2?” section below.
- Your organization will need to incorporate the changes to the required Level A and AA Success Criteria into your accessibility plan.
What’s new in WCAG 2.2?
WCAG 2.2 extends WCAG 2.1 by adding nine new Success Criteria, definitions to support them and guidelines to organize the additions. This approach helps to make it clear that sites which conform to WCAG 2.2 will also conform to WCAG 2.1. The following Success Criteria are new in WCAG 2.2:
- Level A (required):
- Level AA (required):
- Level AAA (optional):
OIT Accessibility How-to Guides
Accessible PDFs and Documents
Accessible Meetings Checklist
How to use transcripts and captions in Google Meet
Creating an accessible Google Doc
Creating an accessible PDF from a Google Doc
Accessible Google Slides presentations
Creating an accessible PDF from a Google Slides
Make your Microsoft Word documents accessible
Make your Microsoft Powerpoint presentations accessible
OIT helps agencies take the first steps toward improving their services’ accessibility now, and keeping up to date with best practices as they continue to evolve.
Contact the Technology Accessibility Program in the Governor's Office of Information Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tyler Colorado tutorials for making your content accessible:
- Uploading images to the media library - add alternative text
- Adding alt-text to the YouTube videos embed code
Adobe Acrobat tutorial for making PDFs accessible: