Friday, March 18, 2016

De Blasio expands NYC's access for people with disabilities - METRO

Originally published: March 14, 2016

New York City is making sure all of its residents can gain access to the same amount of services and events throughout the five boroughs.

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed seven bills into law on Monday including a set that expands website, service and event accessibility for New Yorkers with disabilities.

“New York City is an amalgamation of cultures, heritages and languages,” de Blasio said. “That is why we strive to increase inclusivity, especially when it comes to New Yorkers with disabilities. Whether it’s creating a more accessible City website, or ensuring that events hosted by City agencies have information regarding accessibility for people with disabilities, Intros. 673-A, 683-A, 881-A and 883-A strengthen our efforts to be more inclusive.”

The first of the set of bills requires the city to adopt a protocol for website accessibility for people with disabilities to be based either on federal regulations, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or any successor standards. If the city wishes to go away from those standards, then it must check with experts in website design and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities while also holding a public hearing. Any difference must then be documented and posted online.

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