The State of California’s website has been developed in compliance with Section D of the California Government Code 11135. Code 11135 requires that all electronic and information technology developed or purchased by the State of California Government is accessible to people with disabilities. There are various types of physical disabilities that impact user interaction on the web. Vision loss, hearing loss, limited manual dexterity, and cognitive disabilities are examples, with each having different means by which to access electronic information effectively. Our goal is to provide a good web experience for all visitors.

Accessible Features

Below you will find a list of some of the technology solutions we have integrated to make our website easy to navigate, fast-loading, and accessible.

Photographs/Images:

  • Uses Alternative Text “ALT” and/or “TITLE” attributes. ALT/TITLE attributes provide a written description of the image, which is accessible to screen readers, and it is visible when the mouse is placed over the image. This is also useful for people who have images turned off on their browser, in which case a description will display where the image used to be.

WCAG 2.0 Level AA

 

  • The template adheres to WCAG 2.0 AA Guidelines and Success Criteria organized under the following 4 principles:

1. Perceivable:

  • Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
  • Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
  • Create content that can be presented in different ways, including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
  • Make it easier for users to see and hear content.

2. Operable:

  • Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
  • Give users enough time to read and use content.
  • Do not use content that causes seizures.
  • Help users navigate and find content.

3. Understandable:

  • Make text readable and understandable.
  • Make content appear and operate in predictable
  • Help users avoid and correct mistakes.

4. Robust:

  • Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools

These additions increase the level of accessibility and empowerment to our audience in creating a fully accessible website and documents for the enjoyment of all.

Breadcrumbs:

  • Located at the top and directly below the main navigation, provides a trail of where you are and where you have been. Breadcrumbs make it easier to navigate your way back to the root folder.

Keyboard Commands for:

Related Sites:

Difficulty Accessing Material:

If you have difficulty accessing any material on this site, please contact us in writing and we will work with you to make the information available. You can direct your request to our Webmaster.

 

About Portable Document Format (PDF):

To view and print a PDF publication, you must have a PDF reader software (like Adobe Reader) installed on your PC.

PDF files are printer independent and can be used to easily print a duplicate of the publication using any graphics printer (i.e., laser, inkjet, dot-matrix or plotter) but, not daisy-wheel printers. It allows the reader to print a publication close in appearance to the original printed version, preserving typography, columns, charts, tables and graphics.

Adobe Reader may already be installed on your computer as a “plug-in” or “helper application” for your web browser. To find out, click on the “PDF” link for the document that you are interested in. If Adobe Reader is properly installed on your computer, it will either download or automatically open a PDF copy of the document, depending on your browser and how it is configured.

If the Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, it can be found, free of charge, at the Adobe Reader download page.

If you are using a screen reader, you may find that it will not read some documents in PDF format. Adobe provides an Adobe Accessibility Resource Center website that may assist you with converting the non-accessible PDF files to a format that is useable with a screen reader.

Office of Administrative Law does have accessible PDF files on its Website. There may be some PDF files on the OAL’s website that may not work correctly with screen readers. If you need them in another format, please contact OAL’s reference attorney at staff@oal.ca.gov or (916) 323-6815