Mayor’s Disability Council (MDC) Resolution
for the Adoption of the DTIS Web Site Accessibility Initiatives
WHEREAS the City and County of San Francisco has an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability civil rights laws to provide equal access to all City and County programs and activities; and,
WHEREAS, accessible web site design is of paramount importance to open government and access for persons with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, the City and County of San Francisco operates over fifty (50) web sites for the Public and City and County employees; and most of these web sites maintained by City Agencies are not fully accessible to persons with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, several Agencies of the City and County of San Francisco have declined to adopt a single, uniform standard for the design of web sites that incorporates accessibility standards; and
WHEREAS, each of the City web sites must by law be accessible to persons with disabilities; and,
WHEREAS, the City and County of San Francisco Department of Telecommunications and Information Services (DTIS) has developed the Web Site Accessibility Initiatives to ensure web site accessibility for persons with disabilities, which also includes a training component for those City and County staff responsible for updating City web sites.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor’s Disability Council (MDC) recommends to the Mayor of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors that the City adopt the DTIS Web Site Accessibility Initiatives as the single, applicable accessibility standard for all websites operated by all Departments and Subdivisions of the City and County of San Francisco (including those City and County websites not under the purview of DTIS), and to dedicate the necessary funds essential for the implementation of these initiatives.
January 21, 2005 Mayor’s Disability Council – ADOPTED
Ayes: 10 - Jack Fagan, Jul Lynn Parsons, Norma Block, Ed Evans, Elizabeth Grigsby, Richard Ow, Robert Neil, Denise Senhaux, Eugene Flannery and Ruth Nunez
Absent: Tatiana Kostanian