New state digital accessibility law takes effect July 1

Corresponding APS posted for public comment, which is due June 7
By Staff

In 2021, the state of Colorado passed HB21-1110, which requires the university to meet new digital accessibility standards for all information technology – both external and internal facing – by no later than July 1, 2024.

While the campuses have been making efforts toward digital accessibility for many years and have been working toward compliance with this law since 2021, a systemwide digital accessibility working group has been meeting over the last academic year to provide technical assistance and support for the campuses and system office to meet the July 1 deadline.

As part of these efforts, and to provide the necessary framework for university compliance with the new state law, the group proposed changes to APS 6011 Digital Accessibility, which is now posted on the Office of Policy and Efficiency (OPE) website.

If you would like to provide feedback on the new draft policy, please use the “feedback” link in the draft on the OPE website no later than June 7. 

The systemwide working group also reviewed HB24-1454, which was recently passed during the 2024 legislative session. While HB24-1454 addresses liability standards through July 1, 2025, it does not change the university’s obligations to comply with the new digital accessibility standards by July 1, 2024.

If you have any questions about the new digital accessibility standards as required by July 1, please contact your campus contact listed below: