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IV. Policy

Information Systems Department

  1. The Agencies are committed to providing the public, including individuals who use assistive technology, access to web-based information and services by using Section 508 design principles.
  2. The Agencies are subject to and must comply with both Title II of the ADA and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. To the extent that there are inconsistencies between Title II and Section 508 regarding website compliance, Agencies are advised to comply with the more stringent standards between the two.
    1. Agencies are responsible for ensuring that all information posted to its website complies with accessibility standards, or that it makes provisions to supply the material in an alternate format.
    2. If an Agency contracts to develop, maintain, or host websites, the Agency will ensure that contractor meets accessibility standards and that accessibility standards are addressed within the contract.
  3. Given the rapid pace of technological change, this Policy does not stipulate a specific set of design principles but strives to ensure that the most current criteria are used by adopting the “Web Standards and Guidelines – County of Sonoma” (hereafter referred to as the “Standards”). Agencies are responsible for ensuring that staff/contractors that develop or publish materials to websites are familiar with these Standards. The Information Systems Department has developed and will periodically review and update the Standards. The Standards are available at  sonomacounty.ca.gov/Services/Web-Standards-and-Guidelines.
  4. All new Agency websites created after the effective date of this Policy will comply with this Policy.
  5. Existing Agency websites will be brought into compliance with this Policy as part of any substantive site additions, updates or redesign.
    1. Substantive changes include significant changes to navigation structure, redesign of site ‘look and feel’ and addition of new content areas, programs or services.
    2. Priority for implementing accessibility standards should be given to services most frequently accessed and related information such as: major Policy documents and reports, forms, materials associated with public meetings, human resources information, and top level Agency pages.

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