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Website Accessibility Resources

For Colorado Special Districts

How to prepare for and comply with HB21-1110 

On-Demand Webinar | Recorded on May 12, 2022


Presented by Mac Clemmens and Maria Lara, in partnership with SDA Colorado


Additional resources

HB21-1110 Bill >

Accessibility scanning tools

  • Lighthouse (free web version)
  • Lighthouse - testing tool in the Google Chrome browser (free)
  • - web based testing tool (free)
  • Userway - used in legal community (paid)
  • CommonLook - remediation services and tools (paid)
  • Monsido - online automated testing service (paid)
  • ADA Site Compliance - testing and remediation company (paid)
  • Level Access - testing company (paid, more expensive/comprehensive)

Other accessibility tools

Download PDF Slides


➡ Scan my website  

Free website accessibility scanner


➡ Sample accessibility policy

Download a sample website accessibility policy to add to your district's website


 Accessibility resource center

Everything you need to know about website accessibility, tips, and how to become compliant


➡ SDA Member Discounts

Learn more about Streamline discounts for SDA members 

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HB 21-1110 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the ADA, Section 508, WCAG, and HB21-1110?

While they are related, they actually build upon each other. It originally started with the ADA, which didn’t technically define website requirements, but

Website Accessibility pyramid image. From the bottom, the americans with disabilities act, section 508, wcag guidelines, and Colorado's HB21-1110

defines equal access to services for people with disabilities. On top of that came the Federal Section 508 requirements, which outlined basic website accessibility. WCAG 2.0 AA was officially adopted as the standard in January 2018, and those standards apply to government websites in most states.

At the top of the pyramid is HB21-1110. HB21-1110 requires all government websites to be fully accessible by July 1, 2024. HB21-1110 goes one step beyond other states' accessibility laws, by adding the ability for citizens of Colorado to bring an accessibility lawsuit to state court, rather than federal court


Does my district need to submit an accessibility plan by July 1, 2022?
No! According to the CO Office of Information Technology,  local government entities are not required to submit a plan to OIT. This requirement is exclusive to state executive branch agencies as defined in HB21-1110. 
How can I tell if my district's website is accessible and compliant?

The quickest way to determine if your district's site is accessible is to run a website accessibility scan. Our free tool allows you to scan your website pages and download a full report of issues.

If you score below a 100% and want to review your report together, I would be happy to walk you through it. Click here to chat with us.

What are the top website compliance pitfalls that get special districts in trouble?
The most common issues include: not having accessible PDFs/documents; no closed captions on video/audio files; not having ALT tags for images; lack of labels on form fields; lack of color contrast for text vs. background; not having a mobile-responsive site; non-semantic (bad, home-grown) HTML. These are the things that are really easy for someone to spot by doing an automated scan on your site.
What steps do special districts take to achieve website compliance?
Typically, there is a single champion who investigates options, determines the best way forward, and brings the information to the board. There are testing resources you can use to determine how close your site is to being compliant – check out this free scanner to test your existing site for compliance basics. Or reach out if you'd like us to send you a report!