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  1. Dr G
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    This is huge!

    While we’ve had this as law across Europe for well over a decade, many sites (and CMS’s) don’t do things until it’s an issue State-side. Well done Colorado for driving the web forward 🙂

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  2. Kris Driessen
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    I would be delighted to make my blog ADA compliant if they would simply state the requirements. I can make a good guess, but I never would have guessed that I needed a sign language interpreter for the written word. That confuses me.

    Just give web designers a list. No one wants to make their website inaccessible to people with disabilities.

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    • Deborah Edwards-Onoro
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      Not sure I understand. Where did you read you were required to have a sign language interpreter for the written word?

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    • Annie Heckel
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      The requirements are publicly available, happily! Look up “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.” The most current published version is 2.1, and you need to meet the Level A and AA guidelines to be considered as meeting the minimum accessibility needs. The guidelines can be a little confusing sometimes, but there’s a really active community of web accessibility professionals who are happy to help people get a handle on what you need to do (and no, you do not need sign language interpretation for the written word; being deaf doesn’t prevent you from reading written language).

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    • Jane Townley
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      It should be much less confusing when you learn some of the most basic information on the subject. The guidelines for websites have been freely available for decades, but it’s far from just “a list”. It’s comprehensive and thorough. For most websites it will involve a major overhaul by someone who understands web accessibility, a large amount of time-consuming, detailed work. But it doesn’t sound like your blog is a Colorado government website anyway.

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    • George Cowan
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      Hi Kris, there are ways to make your website compliant. You can do an audit first that will giv you the violations and then with a script (or widget) the corrective actions will have a pop up giving the person with disability a way to correct their specific disability (ies). Did you know that one out five Americans have one or more diability? Take a look at our website and you will see how it works when you click on the Green Icon of the left. https://abcgmarketing.com/ada-wcag-compliance/

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    • Aditya
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      Hello Kris,
      There are few things we can do to make our site accessible to a major group of users. Just making sure it works with keyboard, having good color contrast, simple & easy to read text. Some of these small things will move the needle. We are trying to simplify this success criterions & provide actionable information.

      Our blog is new, but we are making efforts to get the right content & update the content each day.https://modernaccessibility.com

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  3. cast
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    Thanks for the informative share. These rules should be brought to other states as well. In addition, disabled citizens should be given more privileges. Everyone is a candidate for disability. It should be treated more tolerantly.

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  4. Jill
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    Hi Kris!
    There is kind of a list called the Success Criteria, but honestly it’s not that easy to interpret. https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/quickref/

    That said, there are a few easy actions you can take that make a huge difference to disabled people.

    Install and run the Wave Chrome extension. This will only catch 20-30% of the violations but it’s a good start.
    Make sure you have concise and descriptive alt text on your images. Write it like you’re describing the image to a person who can’t see.
    Use headings (h1, h2, h3, etc) as a hierarchical structure (e.g., h1 is the title of the page, h2 are sub-heading of h1, h3 sub-heading of h2, etc.) vs a way to size your text.

    Take those three actions and your site will be more accessible than most.

    P.S. Never use an accessibility overlay plugin….NEVER, EVER, EVER.

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