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Website Accessibility Assistance Requirement

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The County of Sonoma seeks to make its web sites accessible to all individuals. The Web Site Accessibility Standards and Guidelines (Standards) is designed according to principals intended to further that goal including standards from Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (§ 1194.22).

These Standards are designed as a guideline and resource for complying with the County of Sonoma’s Web Site Accessibility Policy.

Text of Accessibility Assistance Standard

Each site shall contain a contact mechanism such as an email link so those individuals who have trouble accessing any portion of the site can report the problem to the site´s Webmaster or a designated individual. A link to the following text must be available in all Contact Information blocks.

This required statement comes in 3 parts:

  1. The opening paragraphs:

    The County of Sonoma is committed to improving access to County programs and services and to providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities as required under state and federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. The County of Sonoma uses the  Section 508 standards and  WCAG 2.1, Level AA as guidelines for pages within our website.

    We routinely test our website using Wave, a web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM, and audit compliance with SiteImprove's ADA compliance checker. The County is actively engaged in the ongoing process of training our content editors and updating our website for compliance with the current accessibility standards.

    If you have a disability and the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access information on this site:

  2. Department specific contact information, in the following format (links to Driving directions are optional):
    Name|Title, Department
    xxx Administration Drive, Room x
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    (707) 565-xxxx
    (707) 565-xxxx
    (707) 565-xxxx
    CA Relay Service:
  3. The closing paragraphs:

    To enable us to respond in a manner that will be of most help to you, please indicate:

    • The nature of the accessibility need
    • Your preferred format (electronic format, large print, etc.)
    • The web address of the requested material
    • Your full contact information, so we can reach you if questions arise while fulfilling your request

    For more information, refer to County of Sonoma´s ADA Title II Equal Access Information.

Best Practices

Create an "Accessibility Assistance" web page that includes the required elements. Then link to this page from every page on your site.