What is an accessible website?

From the World Wide Web (W3C) website: "Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities."

If you work for the United States Federal Government, the State of California, or if you are an entity that would like to contract with a California state or local entity, your website must be accessible.

We have posted links below that will give you information on how to make your Website and electronic content accessible. We will continually update this page to provide more helpful links, videos and documents to assist you in creating accessible digital content.

"Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview"
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag

"Essential Components of Web Accessibility"
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/components.php

WebAIM Section 508 Checklist
http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist

WCAG 2.0 Quick Reference
http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/