Ensure Your School District's Compliance with Colorado HB21-1110

Are You Prepared to Meet Accessibility Requirements by July 1, 2024?

Understanding the Origins of HB21-1110

Colorado passed HB21-1110 in 2021 to ensure all state and local government digital resources are accessible to individuals with disabilities. This landmark legislation reflects a broader commitment to digital inclusion, aligning with globally recognized standards like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 at the AA level. The law aims to eliminate digital barriers and make technology equitable for all users.

Key Points to Consider

In our experience, there have been several misconceptions regarding Colorado HB21-1110 and school district responsibilities.

It’s crucial to understand that public- or internal-facing technology, hardware, or software must comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards. This includes websites, applications, digital documents, videos, and third-party tools.

1. Responsibility

Are you aware that providing WCAG 2.1 AA-compliant content and software solutions to your customers and employees is ultimately your responsibility?

2. Testing for Compliance

Have you had your external/internal facing website content, PDFs, other documents, images, and videos tested for compliance?

3. VPAT Reports

Have you provided and received VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) reports from your external/internal-facing software solutions?

4. Vendor Compliance

Have you filed your VPAT reports for all your vendors, their checklists, and roadmaps with Colorado OIT?

5. Roadmap to Compliance

Are you confident that you are fully compliant or have a roadmap to be compliant by July 1, 2024?

If your answer to these questions is NO or UNSURE, we are here to help. As a trusted Colorado-based IT solutions provider, Zivaro is ready to provide education, evaluate your current readiness, remediate where appropriate, and develop a path to full compliance.

Who HB21-1110 Impacts and Why It Matters

Who: This law applies to all Colorado state and local government entities, including school districts. It mandates compliance for public-facing or internal technology, hardware, or software.

What: HB21-1110 requires all digital content and technology to meet WCAG 2.1 AA standards. This includes websites, applications, digital documents, videos, and third-party tools.

Where: The law affects all government entities across Colorado, ensuring a consistent accessibility standard statewide.

Why: The primary goal is to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities by ensuring they have equal access to digital services and information. Non-compliance can result in significant penalties, including court orders, monetary damages, and fines.

When: Government entities were required to develop an accessibility plan by July 1, 2022, and ensure full compliance by July 1, 2024.

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