Americans with Disabilities Act requirements
All content on the WA Portal website must comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Basic ADA requirements include:
- Website accessibility - Designing for accessibility means considering issues impacting assistive technologies (tools which help people with visual or other impairments access the Web).
- Accessibility information - All interested people, including those with impaired vision or hearing, must be able to obtain information about the availability and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities.
- Alternate format - Upon request, all documents must be made available in alternate formats such as audio file, large print, or Braille.
- Nondiscriminatory content - Publications must avoid language or images that stigmatize people with disabilities.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
All content on the WA Portal website must comply with Title VI, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Past U.S. Supreme Court decisions ruled that discrimination against people with limited English proficiency is a form of discrimination by national origin. https://www.justice.gov/crt/fcs/TitleVI-Overview
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards (CLAS)
All content on the WA Portal website must comply with CLAS standards. https://www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/clas