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Website Accessibility for Our Communities

August 01, 2022

Premier District Management strives to ensure that its CDD clients’ online services are accessible to all people. We have invested a significant amount of resources to help ensure that District websites are made easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, with the strong belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort, and independence.

Premier partnered with a local Southwest Florida web design company to redesign all of our websites to be in line with federal accessibility standards – specifically Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1AA), which is a step beyond current minimum standards. Our thought was that, rather than just running web documents through a PDF scanner in order to “autotag” documents and images, we would write legally required website documents, such as meeting minutes and agendas, in HTML so as to work better with screen readers than the often poorly tagged PDFs.

We have also installed on each client website the UserWay Website Accessibility Widget, which is powered by a dedicated accessibility server. The software allows visitors to customize their personal experience whether with text to speech, increased font sizes, increased contrast, or other customizations to make their access more useful and comfortable.

Additionally, we test all our sites monthly with a website accessibility scanner and upload the results of the tests to each website. An example can be seen via this link.

PDM takes it responsibility to provide an accessible website seriously and robustly, with a profound commitment to transparency and accessibility for all our communities residents and interested parties.