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Welcome to the California Department of Public Health's website.

In the interest of serving California's diverse communities, we are providing a copy of our Website Accessibility Certification.

Assembly Bill 434 (Chapter 780, Statutes of 2017) amended Government Code Section §e11546. 7 to require, before July 1, 2019 and biennially thereafter, the Director of each state agency or state entity, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 11546.1, and each Chief Information Officer appointed under Section 11546.1, post on the home page of their internet website a signed certification that their internet website is in compliance with specified accessibility standards.

Accessible websites provide greater access to the California Department of Public Health and helps ensure the department protects the health of all Californians and visitors. We thank you for the opportunity to be of better service in our continuous efforts to adopt better practices in our communications.

Website Accessibility Certification

California Department of Technology

SIMM 25B July 2018
The undersigned certify as of July 1, 2021 that the California Department of Public Health works to ensure its internet website is accessible. The CDPH certifies that this website complies with Government Code Section 11546.7, as follows:

CDPH certifies compliance with Government Code Section 7405.

CDPH certifies compliance with Government Code Section 11135.

Consistent with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 CDPH issues a statement of partial conformance:

This website may not conform, but would conform to WCAG 2.0 at a Level AA standard or higher if the following non-conforming parts were removed:

Content that is presented on behalf of a third-party by legal requirement where CDPH cannot modify the content we are required to share. Examples include reports, educational materials, and other government or partner information.

If the CDPH is unable to publish content without undue burden or without affecting the intent of the content. These instances are subject to an exemption review process. Exemption examples typically include graphics, charts, materials with original signatures or handwritten information, or historic documents of this nature. 

If the CDPH requires use of commercially available products necessary for public health protections that is not able or is only partially able to comply. CDPH leverages vendor recommended best practices based on the vendor Voluntary Product Accessibility Template in these instances. Examples typically include systems that are used for emergency response activities, specialized activities related to highly scientific information processing, internal or partner communications, and other systems of this nature. 

Some content that may have been published on or before January 18, 2018 that we were required to publish that we may have not yet completed updates to. 

 If you would like to request any information on our website in an alternative format or request any other reasonable accommodation, please contact us at CDPH Contact Us page and provide the URL (web address) or other relevant information on the material you would like to access and your preferred format for accessing the information. We will work with you to make that information accessible to you.

In addition, CDPH commits to review and update of its Accessibility status on a continuous basis recognizing that the nature of our systems and communications are subject to some unintended errors in conforming to our desired compliance state.

Effective Communication

This website strives to provide effective communication with the widest audience possible:
  • Blind/Low Vision. Assistive computer technology for this audience includes screen readers, refreshable Braille displays and screen magnifiers. To assist with accessibility for Blind/Low Vision population, features such as keyboard navigation, scalability of font size, fuzzy searches, alt tags and high contrast between the background and the text are helpful.
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing. To assist with accessibility for people with hearing loss, captioning synchronized with multimedia as well as volume control enable accessibility.
  • Mobility. Assistive computer technology for this audience includes one-handed keyboards, head/mouth sticks and eye tracking. Keyboard navigation as well as voice recognition software may be used by this population to help navigate through a web site.
  • Cognitive and Specific Learning Disabilities. To appeal to a highly diverse audience, with varying levels of ability, we use the following design principles: Simple navigation, consistency in content presentation, clear labels, meaningful content, executive summaries at top of long documents and vocabulary understood by a wide audience.
  • People Without Disabilities: The digital divide does not just affect people with disabilities. People without disabilities who have busy hands or eyes, poor lighting or noisy surroundings will find the CDPH Website very user-friendly. People with slow modems, older browsers, or those using alternate internet access devices (e.g., cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, etc.) will also benefit from a highly accessible web site. This website will continue to be updated as technology evolves and new tools and resources for accessibility are developed.
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