Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) 24-85-101 to 24-85-104, Article 85 were created by HB 21-1110 which was passed on June 30, 2021 by the Colorado State Legislature to build on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with additional provisions to protect persons with disabilities. 

The Colorado Office of Information Technology published rules to implement the new digital accessibility standards.  The standards apply to a wide variety of information and communication technology (“ICT”), including the County’s websites.  The published rules identify the technical standard for website compliance as WCAG 2.1 AA.  The standard is to become effective July 1, 2024.

In May 2024, the Legislature enacted HB24-1454 - Grace Period for Digital Accessibility -  to provide public entities with one-year extension to July 1, 2025.   The grace period is available to public entities who demonstrate good faith efforts toward compliance and toward resolution of any complaint of noncompliance. 

To be eligible for the immunity authorized by HB24-1454, a public entity’s demonstration of good faith efforts must include:

  1. Creating quarterly progress-to-date reports that demonstrate concrete and specific efforts toward compliance on the entity’s front-facing web pages; and
  2. Creating a clear, easy-to-find process for requesting redress for inaccessible digital products including contact options that are not dependent on web access or digital accessibility and are prominently displayed on all front-facing web pages.
How La Plata County is meeting the Requirements of HB24-1454:
  1. La Plata County's Quarterly Progress-to-Date Report #1, July 1, 2024
  2. In February 2024, we created and published a Website Accessibility Statement in the footer of every page of the La Plata County website. This statement reflects the County’s commitment to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience and provides several ways for the public to contact the County with questions, concerns or suggestions relating to the County’s online accessibility to help improve the user experience for people with disabilities. This is compliant with HB24-1454 as it:
    • Has a clear, easy-to-find process for requesting redress for inaccessible digital products.
    • Includes contact options that are not dependent on web access or digital accessibility are included (contact by phone, TTY relay service, and in person)
    • Is prominently displayed on all front-facing web pages.

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