The City of New York is committed to insuring that all of our digital content can be accessed by all New Yorkers. To reach that goal, Local Law 26 of 2016 was passed requiring City agencies to make their websites accessible. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standard was adopted and the City of New York is striving to incorporate the WCAG 2.1 standard into it’s processes by July of 2021.
The Digital Accessibility Coordinator based at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities works towards these goals by auditing websites and providing guidance to NYC agencies on how to make their digital content accessible. Additionally, the Digital Accessibility Coordinator conducts trainings and organizes educational events for City employees and the public to learn more about creating accessible digital content. The Digital Accessibility Coordinator also leads the effort to write the Digital Accessibility Reports mandated by Local Law 26.