Digital adoption was flourishing prior to COVID-19, but we are now seeing a further increasing need to provide accessible technology to all Delawareans. Technology provides key and timely information, planning platforms to keep communities safe, and mitigates long-term challenge recovery. Ensuring accessibility is of more importance during pandemics and other crises.
Digital transformation has the power to create a more inclusive society for marginalized groups. It also comes with the risk of increasing disparities for those same groups if they are not given equitable access.
Removing barriers for persons with disabilities to ensure access to digital content is imperative and the State of Delaware is moving forward with digital accessibility efforts through an investment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. In coordination with the Office of the Governor and Department of State Government Information Center (GIC), the Department of Technology and Information (DTI) has developed a multi-year plan to improve inclusiveness and access to digital government services.
Delaware will be partnering with Level Access to:
The Digital Accessibility Coordinator will lead Delaware’s efforts to assess digital content (websites, forms, etc.) and recommend steps for remediation to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act (ensuring Information Technology that is developed, procured, or maintained is accessible to persons with disabilities).
* Digital accessibility efforts will be ongoing