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Georgia.gov Accessible for All

February 4, 2016
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For the last few months, the team here at GeorgiaGov Interactive (the creators of Georgia.gov and 80 state agency websites) has been working diligently with the help of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center to make our websites more accessible and easier to use for everyone, no matter the disability.

Therefore, we proudly announce Georgia.gov and about 80 state agency websites now meet the accessibility standards of WCAG 2.0 (Level AA).

If you’re a frequent visitor to Georgia.gov, you might not even notice a difference. However, for those who use screen readers or have a variety of other disabilities, you should perceive an improvement with its ease and speed. We not only updated the code of each page, but we also altered the design, such as the color contrast. We strive for ease with our content too. We use alternative text for images, add helpful text for links and we try to write in language that is easy to understand (avoiding complicated government jargon).

Disabilities can span quite a large spectrum. We typically know about those who are blind, deaf and have physical impairments, but there are also other issues that may prevent someone from accessing content on a website. WebAIM lists 4 different categories:

  • Visual - blindness, low vision and color blindness
  • Hearing - deafness or with a range of hearing loss
  • Motor - unable to use a mouse, slow response time and limited fine motor control
  • Cognitive - learning disabilities, distractibility and inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information

As civil servants for the state of Georgia, we provide services to people across all types of abilities. Because of this, we must be mindful of every detail while building state websites and while writing our website content. If we created websites without thinking about accessibility, we would be placing unintentional barriers on those who might need our services the most.

Each day we work to make sure Georgia.gov remains accessible – for everyone. Feel free to reach out to us and let us know your thoughts! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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