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Old 03-19-2016, 02:36 AM
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Default City Websites Accessibility

On 02/24, the New York City Council passed Intro 683-A, authored by Council Member Dan Garodnick, which requires all websites operated by the City to be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

“We need to do better in making public information accessible to people with disabilities,” said Council Member Dan Garodnick. “No one should be denied access to information or services because of a disability, and the City should adopt uniform standards that are easy to use, and easy to understand.”

While many city websites currently have features that increase accessibility, these features are not uniform across agencies. Some websites are notably lacking in important elements, such as the use of ‘alt’ tags for non-textual content, making website functionality available from a keyboard, or offering text-size adjustments.

This legislation will create a clear set of uniform standards. The Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) will be responsible for developing these standards, and may choose to use either the current rules governing federal agencies or the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Alternatively, DoITT can develop its own set of standards, subject to public comment and review.

DoITT will be required to submit a compliance report to the City Council by July 1, 2017.

If you have more questions about this, please feel free to call Adam Amit in Council Member Dan Garodnick’s office at 212-788-7393.

EM Prentiss
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