As web accessibility has become a hot topic, accessibility policy updates are picking up speed — even in our own backyards.
With the passing of House Bill 21-1110, Colorado took a big step towards accessibility for all. Colorado is the first state to require both state and local governments meet web accessibility standards.
HB 21-1110 specifies timelines for each state agency to implement and submit an accessibility plan. The bill also gives impacted citizens easier ways to address noncompliance through state courts. Noncompliant agencies could face consequences such as court orders, fines, or other damages.
Processing claims through state courts allows non-compliance to be addressed more efficiently. The process also makes opening a case simpler for people in rural areas.
The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition and the National Federation of the Blind helped write the bill. The two organizations approached Representative David Ortiz of Littleton to sponsor it. Rep. Ortiz is Colorado’s first disabled legislator. His service highlights the importance of diverse representation in government.
The bill was signed into law by Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
State and local agencies need to develop and submit accessibility plans to the Office of Information TechnologyIT by July 1, 2022 and implement them July 1, 2024. After July 1st, 2024, citizens can bring lawsuits to the state over web accessibility.
Circuit Media, like our state government, seeks to be ahead of the curve in expanding accessibility. Our dedicated accessibility team tackles client remediation products, and is passionate about expanding our web accessibility skills. Currently, members of our team are pursuing IAAP’s Trusted Tester Certification, Web Accessibility Specialist Certification, and their Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies Certification.