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Making the City Website Accessible to Everyone

Introduction

From Vision Internet’s Blog:
Access to civic life is a fundamental part of American society. In order to ensure that all citizens have equal access, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division began reviewing local and state governments in 1999 to help them begin to come into full compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Title II prohibits discrimination to all services, programs and activities of State and local governments regardless of whether they receive Federal financial assistance.

Overview

Over the last 15 years, the DoJ has conducted accessibility reviews at more than 200 locations. While most of the DoJ reviews focus on modifications to physical facilities, polling places and law enforcement services, websites and web-based services have also come under direct scrutiny. The DoJ review project is called Project Access, and you can discover more background information in the Project Civic Access Fact Sheet along with a list of the government agencies who have entered into agreements with the DoJ.

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