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  1. 1.0 Purpose:
    It is the policy of the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency that the Agency's website be accessible to persons with disabilities and is compliant with the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA. This policy also explains how the Agency will maintain website compliancy.
  2. 2.0 Policy:
    1. 2.1 Ensure all existing, new and modified web pages and content are accessible.
      1. 2.1.1 The Agency has a contract with a third-party vendor, to conduct annual ADA audits of the Agency's website and online services.
      2. 2.1.2 Content will be evaluated. Common evaluations points include:
        1. Check the HTML of all new webpages. Make sure that accessible coding is used.
        2. Ensure that websites are designed so they can be displayed using the color and font settings of each visitor's browser and operating system.
        3. Include a text equivalent, by adding "alt" tags or long descriptions for all images, including photos, graphics, scanned images, or image maps.
        4. Make online forms and tables accessible by labeling each control (including buttons, check boxes, drop-down menus, and text fields) with a descriptive HTML tag.
        5. When posting documents on the website, always provide them in HTML or a text-based format (even if you are also providing them in another format, such as PDF).
      3. 2.1.3 Conduct a full scan of all web content on a monthly basis. Web content editors will be notified of any content that does not comply with WCAG 2.0 AA and will modify to make compliant.
    2. 2.2 Ensure the website and all online services upon which the Agency relies upon to provide services or content, comply with, at minimum, WCAG 2.0 AA.
    3. 2.3 Continuously improve web content accessibility.
      1. 2.3.1 Ensure visitors to our website are able to request accessible information. Visitors may use the telephone number, email address or an accessible form on the website as a method to submit feedback and request accessible information.
    4. 2.4 Ensure that Agency employees and contractors responsible for web page and content development are properly trained.
  3. 3.0 Responsibility:
    It is the responsibility of all Agency web content editors to follow this policy and comply with specific guidelines provided in training and the ADA Web Content Standard Operating Procedure. It is the responsibility of the third-party vendor to ensure that the Agency website remains compliant by following this policy.