It is the policy of the City and County of San Francisco that information and services on City and County Web sites be designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. It is the responsibility of the agency and its Web page developers to become familiar with the guidelines for achieving universal accessibility and to apply these principles in designing and creating any official City and County of San Francisco Web site.
According to the latest statistics available from the Bureau of the Census, there are 9.7 million people in the United States (equal to 5 percent of the total population) who have difficulty seeing the words and letters in ordinary newsprint. Another 10.9 million people, or nearly 6 percent of the total population, have difficulty hearing what is said in an ordinary conversation with another person.
The use of the City and County of San Francisco accessibility guidelines will ensure that Web sites created by the City and County of San Francisco are developed to serve the largest possible audience. Compliance with these guidelines provides an added benefit to those users with text-based browsers, low-end processors, slow modem connections, and/or no multimedia capabilities on their computers. It also allows for access to City and County of San Francisco Web sites by new technologies, such as Internet phones and personal organizers with Internet connectivity.