How to Ensure Your Website is ADA Compliant without Sacrificing Quality Design

DATE:
Thursday, December 12

TIME:
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

SESSION TRACK:
Got GaaS?

SPEAKER(S):
Mark Friesen
Director of Marketing, Manhattan

Every citizen in your community deserves equitable access to digital content. Since the Section 508 Refresh of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was implemented in 2017, a growing number of local governments that are failing to comply with the latest standards voluntarily are receiving citizen complaints—and in the worst cases—lawsuits. Voluntarily ensuring your municipal website meets the latest WCAG 2.0 A and AA standards does not mean stifling your brand or digital creativity. By understanding the critical components that underscore WCAG 2.0 compliance, you can ensure your digital content is accessible and beautiful—just like your community. This session will teach you how to be compliant without sacrificing quality digital content.

This session is designed to discuss advanced topics for digital content veterans looking to ensure ADA compliance and mitigate the risk of ADA lawsuits.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the risks of non-voluntary compliance with ADA standards.
  2. Learn five compliance enhancements you can make to your website today without impacting the quality of your website design.
  3. Discover the latest tech advancements that are helping communities automate compliance.
  4. Ensure your content management team knows how to maintain accessibility after the launch of a new website or completion of a thorough audit.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central