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New Hampshire State Accessibility Laws

  • New Hampshire State Accessibility Laws

    The State of New Hampshire is “committed to making all electronic resources accessible to all users.” Electronic resources includes websites and mobile applications.

    Under the state’s e-Government Strategy and Architecture, “universal access” is a key component requiring all agencies to provide universally accessible websites that enable people with disabilities to use them.

    Complying with the law

    All New Hampshire State agency web and mobile applications need to comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and be consistent with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    Title II applies to public entities such as meeting halls, airports, and police stations. It mandates that public entities cannot refuse to accommodate people with disabilities and must provide the necessary aids for such individuals to have equal access. Under Title II, public videos must be accessible for individuals with disabilities.

    The state has outlined the minimum Section 508 requirements websites should conform to. Some of the requirements are outlined below. For a full list, please refer to the Web and Mobile Application Accessibility Standards.

    • Non-text elements must have “alt” or text equivalent
    • Equivalent alternatives for multimedia presentations (such as captions and audio descriptions) must be synchronized with the presentation
    • All information with color must have a non-colored alternative
    • Electronic forms must be accessible to people using assistive technology
    • Websites that cannot comply with the standards must create a text-only page with equivalent information and equivalent functionality

    An Agency, Department, Division or Bureau Chief or designee is responsible for ensuring websites are compliant with the standards outlined.

    Websites are also encouraged to use WCAG 2.0 to increase the accessibility to users with disabilities.

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