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Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation Expanding Access to
Translation Services on City Websites, also Increases Agency Accessibility
for People with Disabilities
March 14, 2016

Video available at: https://youtu.be/vscH__sDz_M

http://touch.metro.us//new-york/mayo...-TPA95iFxgXVM/



NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed seven bills into law – Intro.
673-A, in relation to translation of City websites; Intro. 683-A, in
relation to a protocol relating to the accessibility of City government
websites for persons with disabilities; Intro. 881-A, in relation to the
designation of disability service facilitators at City agencies; Intro.
883-A, in relation to requiring advertising and other materials pertaining
to public events to include information regarding accessibility for people
with disabilities; Intro. 478-A, in relation to installing photovoltaic
systems on City buildings; Intro. 1029, in relation to authorizing an
increase in the amount to be expended annually in the Fulton Street
Business Improvement District, an extension and modification of the
boundaries of the Fulton Street BID, and a change in the method of
assessment upon which the district charge in the Fulton Street BID is
based; and Intro. 1047, in relation to authorizing an increase in the
amount to be expended annually in the Fulton Mall Special Assessment
District.

The first bill, Intro. 673-A, requires that all City websites, wherever
practicable, include a translation feature in languages other than
English. Non-English speakers will now see an indication for translation
services of City websites in their native scripts.

The second bill, Intro. 683-A, requires the adoption of a protocol for
website accessibility for people with disabilities to be based either on
federal regulations, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or any
successor standards. If the City wants to differ from such standards, it
must consult with experts in website design and reasonable accommodations
for people with disabilities as well as hold a public hearing. Such
differences must be documented in the protocol and posted online.

The third bill, Intro. 881-A, requires that every City agency designate a
disability service facilitator. Each agency will have a staff member who
will serve as the primary contact within that agency for persons with
disabilities requesting auxiliary services and ultimately help coordinate
those services. This person also will develop agency policies and
procedures to ensure full programmatic and communication accessibility for
persons with disabilities and conduct periodic training for agency staff
on issues concerning disability access. The facilitator will respond to
inquiries from members of the public concerning accessibility and must be
available to confer with and receive periodic training from the Mayor's
Office for People with Disabilities.

The fourth bill, Intro. 883-A, requires that advertising and other
materials pertaining to public events hosted by City agencies include
information regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. This
bill also requires information regarding who to contact for information
regarding accessibility for people with disabilities at events hosted by
City agencies. The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities will
establish guidelines for how to best include this information in posters
and advertisements produced by City agencies.

"We have worked with numerous agencies to hire accessibility coordinator
positions and work closely with these individual to ensure access to their
programs and services. I would like to thank Council Members Rosenthal and
Garodnick for introducing these bills and facilitating the Mayor's Office
for People with Disabilities' efforts in including Americans with
Disability Act coordinators in City agencies, holding accessible public
meetings and providing accessible information on agency websites," said
Victor Calise, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with
Disabilities.

http://www1.nyc.gov/…/mayor-de-blasi...gislation-exp…
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