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North Dakota State Accessibility Laws

  • North Dakota State Accessibility Laws

    North Dakota’s accessibility efforts aim at to ensure all individuals can obtain the same information in a full, equal, and independent manner.

    North Dakota websites must be accessible as required by the federal ADA and Section 508, as well as the North Dakota Human Rights Statute.

    The North Dakota Human Rights Statute (NDCC 14-02.4) states that discriminatory action means preventing “individuals with disabilities from access to benefits enjoyed by any person.”

    Compliance with the law

    All websites must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998 and Title I and II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. All existing, new, and updated web content must comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA conformance.

    The head of each department is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the new material published to ensure compliance.

    Section 508 requires all federal electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and public individuals. The recent refresh of Section 508 requires web sites to adhere to WCAG 2.0 standards.

    Title I of the ADA prohibits discrimination against employees with a disability.

    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.

    WCAG 2.0 is designed to ensure websites are perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.

    The Web Development Standard

    To ensure all State of North Dakota websites achieve a level of effectiveness, consistency, and professionalism, the State of North Dakota has enacted several web development standards all websites should comply with.

    The standards require websites to validate HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to a World Wide Web Consortium’s “W3C Recommendation.”

    The North Dakota government has created a list of recommended resources for web developers to use, which includes ADA web tools, ADA resources, ADA training, and ADA compliance resources.

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