County of Marin Website Accessibility
The public's growing expectation that their government will use new online technologies to communicate with them coincides with today's tighter budgets. More than ever, the public expects that we do more with less.
When we use new media tools, it's more important than ever that the information we provide for all Marin residents to access can indeed be accessed by everyone.
Although the information is the same regardless of the media, users with disabilities draw upon different assistive technologies to access the information they require. For instance, people who are blind navigate web pages using a screen reader, such as NVDA, which does exactly what you think it would. As blind users navigate a web page with their keyboard, the screen reader tells them what is on the screen. They hit Tab to jump around to different parts of the webpage. What a webpage reads like to someone who is blind is often very different than how a webpage reads to a sighted user.
Technical steps have to be taken in the design process of building websites and applications to ensure that anyone with a disability, whether vision, hearing, mobility or cognitive, can access and easily navigate them. For government web pages this is not only the ethical thing to do, it — as you probably know — is the law. Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.
In addition to Federal statutes, California law provides protection from discrimination by any program or activity that receives financial assistance from the State. The conformity of State law to Federal Section 508 standards further ensures the accessibility of electronic and information technology.
The County of Marin is committed to providing accessible services to persons with disabilities. To that end, we have developed policies and procedures to eliminate barriers to accessibility. Our commitment to user-friendly technology is described in a guidance bulletin called Website Accessibility under Title II of the ADA.
Adherence to these laws and regulations is called Section 508 compliance. Compliance is far easier and more cost-efficient when it is designed from the get-go. As new web pages are created and existing ones are updated for the new look, we will be following these guidelines.
County Policy on Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
The County of Marin does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions or access to its programs or activities. An ADA Coordinator has been designated to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in the Department of Justice regulations implementing Subtitle A of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12131), which prohibits discrimination on the basis on disability by public agencies.
Website users who encounter difficulty using this site can contact the Help Desk by email or by phone at (415) 473-6315 describing the nature and location of the problem.
Please visit our web support page to see a list of county-supported browsers and the standards used to build this website.