Assistive Technology (AT) Consumers


Welcome Assistive Technology (AT) Consumers and special thanks to all of you who have graciously volunteered to work with the State of Nevada to assist in making the State's websites ADA compliant. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

 On January 18, 2018, Linda DeSantis and Joseph Diarte from the State of Nevada web team met with Thomas Kearns and several Assistive Technology (AT) consumers to discuss three main topics: 

  1. How to implement a statewide web accessible complaint form
  2. AT Users (aka Screen Reader users) will be asked how we want to proceed in testing state acessible templates. This is a high priority issue for the State of Nevada web team because once we can confirm that the templates/smart form in our State of Nevada content management system (CMS) is compliant, we can begin our outreach to train and assist agencies within our CMS to make their websites ADA compliant. 
  3. How AT users can test newly implemented state accessible websites 

Below are our suggested solutions to address and satisfy these three main issues. 

    ADA Evaluation Form for our AT Consumers

    In order to provide you with an easy way to review and record your evaluation of our templates, websites, documents and forms, we have created a new ADA Evaluation Form. This form collects your comments and writes them to a file that will be uploaded into a database. Monthly and on-demand reports will be available.

    AT Consumer Testing - Complaint Forms

    The State of Nevada has created two Complaints form; the first one is for complaints regarding Website & Digital Media Accommodations, the other complaint form is for complaints regarding Physical Accommodations. Both of these forms can be found by clicking the ADA Americans with Disabilities Act logo at the top right banner directly under the Google Custom Search or at the link below this paragraph. 

    NOTE: This ADA Americans with Disabilities Act logo can be found on every page of every website that resides in the State of Nevada Content Management System (CMS). If you are on a website that does not have this ADA logo present and you have an issue, please link to this page and enter your compliant. Please make sure you include the URL of the website so we can notify the correct owner of the website.

    AT Consumer Testing - Templates, Forms, Content

    The State of Nevada Content Management System (CMS) templates (smart form configurations), forms and content have been validated by an outside auditor and also using our ADA Accessibility Tool, Siteimprove.
      
    The next step is to have them evaluated by the AT Consumers who can let us know if there are any barriers than continue to make it impossible or difficult to navigate the websites in the State of Nevada CMS. We encourage the AT Consumer's feedback to assist us in improving the User experience for everyone. We have also built a new ADA Evaluation form for the AT consumers testing for their convenience. This information is also tracked so we can refer back to their comments and try to address them. 

    Once the testing is competed and the testing is completed and the templates and Smart forms are compliant, we can begin our outreach to our CMS agency's websites so they can begin to remediate their website's content.

    AT Testing - Governor's Proclamations, Executive Orders and Emergency Orders

    One of the major ADA issues that was identified and brought to our attention during our testing with Brett Silver, was that the only information that could be read by a JAWS reader on the Proclamations, Executive Order and Emergency orders was the Title. This was because the body of these documents were graphics and not text. 

    The EITS web team have worked on building a new set of templates to handle this issue and have been converting all of these documents into an ADA compliant template. 

    If you go to the Governor's office Remediation Efforts, you will see at the bottom of the page, a section entitled Recently Remediated (9/2017). Thre are a list of inaccessible vs Accessible: 

    1. Press Releases
    2. proclamations
    3. Executive Orders
    4. Emergency Orders 
    Once this documents are tested and deemed ADA complaint, the Governor's website will be updated with these complaint documents. 

    AT Consumer Testing - Websites

    Not all of the State of Nevada websites reside in State of Nevada's Content Management System (CMS). The State would like AT Consumers to evaluate and make suggestions on websites we have made compliant, or are working on. Regarding websites outside of our CMS, the State would also like  AT Consumers to evaluate them and help us identify issues that make it impossible or difficult to navigate the site so EITS can work with those departments and divisions to help make their websites ADA complaint.

    Want to volunteer in this effort?

    We are very interested in getting volunteers who would like to help us in our efforts to make the State of Nevada ADA compliant. Please send an email to Linda M DeSantis if you are interested. Thank you!