What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
"The ADA makes it illegal for any government entity or business to provide good and services to the general public without ensuring that the entities are accessible to people with disabilities." ~ Essential Accessibility
The purpose of the law is to provide the disabled user with the same experience as a sighted user. They should be able to complete any task or find any information that a sighted user can utilize.
Example: Accessing Online Tax Forms: "If posted on an accessible website, tax forms need to be available to people with disabilities in an accessible format on the same terms that they are available to other members of the public - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without cost, inconvenience, or delay. A staff telephone line that sent copies of tax forms to callers through the mail would NOT provide equal access to people with disabilities because of the delay involved in mailing forms. ~ ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local governments, Chapter 5.
State of Nevada's ADA Compliance:
The State of Nevada is committed to
providing equitable access to information and services for all its
citizens. One crucial component of
complying with this priority entails accessibility of electronic data which meets
requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the
Rehabilitation Act of 1975.
Recognizing that many State websites,
documents, and other web-accessible objects need to be modified for ADA
compliance, EITS evaluated and documented existing web material, and has begun remediation
efforts on sites in the State Content Management System. While this initial effort has resulted in
some progress, the volume of work that needs to be accomplished will require a
coordinated effort across, and participation by, all State agencies.
State of Nevada ADA Policies, Guidelines and Resources:
To facilitate this effort and readily
identify continued compliance for the future, the EITS Web Team has created the following online remediation training that all agencies can use:
Frequently Asked Questions: