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Small but mighty fire district excels at community engagement

on October 28, 2020 By | Sloane Dell'Orto | 0 Comments | Website accessibility Streamline in action
Jackie Vaughn has been serving the Lockwood Fire Protection District, in the tiny town of Volcano, California, for more than 20 years.
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Senate's proposed SB 931 places undue burden on California special districts

California legislators are pushing for additional transparency requirements for local government agencies. Their latest bid, Senate Bill 931, will require our districts to provide a copy of the full agenda packet via mail or email to anyone who requests it. Sounds like a great idea on the surface, doesn’t it? Of course, we agree that the public has the right to know what their elected officials are doing when it comes to official district business, but there are numerous problems with this proposed bill. 
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Using Chrome Lighthouse to test your site for accessibility

Creating websites that are accessible to visitors with disabilities can be challenging, especially for developers building one-off / standalone sites. Most websites that were built even a year ago are likely not accessible, and many of the content management systems out there aren't accessible out-of-the-box, so to speak. If your website partner wasn't specifically told to build your website in an accessible way, it's likely that your site may have a few issues. Accessible websites aren't easy to build! If you're wondering if your site is accessible, you can get an idea by using an automated scanner. Automated testing won't catch every potential issue, but it will check the basics (and the most obvious), giving you an overall idea of how you're doing. (If you need 100% comprehensive testing, have it done by professionals using assistive devices.) So how do you test your site yourself?
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Website Bootcamp: a better special district website with very little sweat

on June 3, 2019 By | Sloane Dell'Orto | 0 Comments | Website accessibility Website best practices
When we speak to special districts about their websites, we often hear familiar complaints: • We're too busy doing our real jobs! (Providing water, sewer, fire protection, etc.) • It's too hard! (Technology is confusing.) • It's too expensive! (Most vendors charge a big up front fee to build it.) • Nobody cares! (Our community doesn't give a damn what we're up to.) The truth is, special districts - possibly more than any other type of organization - need to tell their stories, and there is no better, or less expensive, way to do so than on the web.
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Website accessibility standards for local government

There are a few formatting requirements that apply to local government agencies in California: Section 508 (for visitors with disabilities); AB 169 guidelines for anything considered “open data;” and AB 2257, which governs formatting and posting requirements for any agency’s main governing body’s agenda. In this article we’ll touch on the first two; to learn more about AB 2257 and home page agenda posting, check out this related article.  
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