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Colorado State Digital Accessibility Requirements

Colorado became the first state in the country to legally mandate website accessibility for state and local governments on June 30, 2021. HB21-1110 now specifically requires state and local agencies to remove any digital accessibility barriers or face legal repercussions at the state level.

The law calls for Colorado’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to develop a set of standards for state and local agencies to follow by July 1 of 2022. The OIT will consult people with disabilities and international standards, like Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), to develop these standards. Once in place, agencies will have two more years, until July 1, 2024,  to develop and implement an accessibility plan. 

Violators could face injunctive relief in the form of a court order to fix the inaccessible website, possible monetary damages, or a fine of $3500 payable to the plaintiff.

Public Accommodation Laws

Prohibited discriminatory practices in places of public accommodation include denial of service, terms and conditions, unequal treatment, failure to accommodate, and retaliation based on certain protected classes including disability.

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