Welcome State of Nevada Content Management (CMS) Users. Here we will be posting things we are doing to work towards making the State of Nevada ADA Compliant.
Step 1: Web Accessibility Training for State of Nevada Website Editors
As of 2/16/18 our new ADA Remediation Training Class is in our eLearn environment. The training class is recommended for State of Nevada Content Management System (CMS) users that have a website there or users who are thinking about adding a site to the CMS in the near future.
Training class includes topics to help users:
- Remediate their current non-compliant web pages to ADA compliant templates
- Remediate non-compliant documents; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF to ADA compliant documents in ten easy steps or less
- Find additional training resources
- Answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Accessing the Course
- STATE OF NEVADA EMPLOYEES
- Agency Sponsored Courses
- Department of Administration
- Enterprise IT Services
- Web Accessibility Training for State of Nevada Website Editor
Step 2: Cleaning Up Your Current Site
In order to meet accessibility requirements set forth by the United States Access Board, and enforced by the United States Department of justice, a website must meet Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards for all content and documents on the website. There is no exemption for content and documents that predate the adoption of Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards.
After taking the training course, the next best step if your agency has an existing website is to look for obsolete content and documents. Clearing out old content and documents from your site will save you from having to remediating each of those items in the future. It has the added benefit of making your website easier to navigate for your end user.
Step 3: Making Existing Documents and Content as well as New Content Accessible
One of the most important parts of website accessibility is ensuring that documents on the site meet those standards as well. We have created a page for document remediation guides as well as bad versions of the documents so that you can use the remediation guide to help you learn how to fix the non-compliant versions of various document.
It is equally important to review the site content for accessibility. The Siteimprove Chrome Extension tool can be used to evaluate each page in a website. We have created the Installing and Using the Siteimprove Chrome Extension Tool Guide to assist you in identifying issues and barriers as well as resolving them. The tool does not identify all issues. The site must also be manually reviewed for ADA compliancy. We have provided a Website Accessibility Manual Review Checklist to assist you.
Step 4: Building a New Site with Accessibility in Mind
In the event that you are required to build an entirely new website, it is critical that you do so in an accessible fashion, starting at the planning level. One of the most important pieces of this is planning a logical and straightforward sitemap for your new website. Overly complex sitemaps and navigation will make it difficult for users with disabilities as well as users without disabilities to utilize your website.
Along with a good sitemap, it is important that content and documents meet all WCAG 2.0 standards at the "A" and "AA" levels. It is easier to meet these standards as you build your site rather than attempting to remediate non-accessible content at a later date.
Step 5: Additional Resources
We have provided a page that is dedicated to internal and external resources. These may be beneficial as you bring your site into compliance with accessibility standards.