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This is an accessibility audit of the 118 websites linked to the
                   COMMON CAUSE E-GOVERNMENT AWARDS
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Dedham !                4
Dennis                  17
Dudley                  1
Dunstable               1
Duxbury !        ...
Millbury          4
Milton            1
Monterey !        5
Nantucket         5
Needham !         2
Newburyport       12
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Sutton !                        3
Tewksbury !                     5
Topsfield                       3
Upton               ...
As for Somerville, MA, which tops the list at a whopping 221 accessibility errors,
this writer has repeatedly contacted th...
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Accessibility Audit Massachusetts Local Government Websites Common Cause E Government Awards, 2009

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This accessibility audit was performed for each of the local government websites in Massachusetts that received the "e-government" awards from Common Cause/MA on March 19, 2009. However, important website Section 504/accessibility criteria were not evaluated by Common Cause. This list is a simple comparative survey showing how 118 cities and towns across Massachusetts met the WAVE website accessibility evaluation test.

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Accessibility Audit Massachusetts Local Government Websites Common Cause E Government Awards, 2009

  1. 1. This is an accessibility audit of the 118 websites linked to the COMMON CAUSE E-GOVERNMENT AWARDS presented at the MA State House on March 19, 2009. This simple one page audit was performed using the excellent -and free- WebAIM WAVE- Website Accessibility Evaluation Tool. To learn more about this W3 tool, please see: Using WAVE 4.0 to Evaluate Your Web Content at: http://wave.webaim.org/presentations/ahg2008/ MA Cities and towns- e-government award winner ‘09 !=”Superstars” # of accessibility errors per WAVE one page check 11 Amesbury Amherst ! 2 Andover ! 2 Arlington ! 1 Ashburnham 3 Ashland 3 Barnstable 24 Becket 3 Bedford 6 Bellingham 3 Belmont 4 Bolton ! 3 Boston ! 14 Boxborough 3 Brookline 11 Burlington ! 11 Cambridge 107 Carver 6 Charlton 30 Chatham ! 3 Chelmsford ! 5 Chelsea 3 Chilmark 1 Concord ! 6 Dalton 3
  2. 2. Dedham ! 4 Dennis 17 Dudley 1 Dunstable 1 Duxbury ! 1 East ! Longmeadow 20 (new site) Eastham 1 Easton ! 22 Egremont NONE Everett 55 Falmouth ! 2 Fitchburg 13 Freetown ! 45 Gardner ! 4 Gill ! 13 Gloucester ! 3 Haverhill ! 19 Holden 7 Holland 3 Holliston 6 Holyoke 4 Hopkinton 40 Hudson 1 Ipswich ! 3 Kingston ! 11 Lakeville ! 7 Leominster 36 Littleton ! 4 Longmeadow 28 Lowell ! NONE Malden 50 Manchester-by-the-Sea 4 Marlborough 1 Marshfield 3 Mashpee 1 Maynard ! 3 Melrose 2 Methuen 2
  3. 3. Millbury 4 Milton 1 Monterey ! 5 Nantucket 5 Needham ! 2 Newburyport 12 Newton ! 4 Norfolk 9 North Andover ! 3 North Reading ! 3 Northampton 9 Northborough NONE Northbridge NONE Orange 1 Orleans 1 Otis* 3 Paxton 3 Pembroke NONE Pepperell 6 Plympton 30 Provincetown ! 50 Reading ! 5 Rockland 6 Rockport 3 Salem ! 3 Salisbury ! NONE Sandwich ! 4 Saugus 11 Scituate 5 Sharon 1 Sheffield 4 Somerville 221 South Hadley 4 Southwick 1 Springfield ! 13 Sterling ! 4 Sturbridge ! 4 Sudbury ! 5
  4. 4. Sutton ! 3 Tewksbury ! 5 Topsfield 3 Upton 9 West Boylston ! 5 West Springfield 2 Westford ! 5 Westminster 26 Weston 3 Westwood ! 8 Weymouth ! 6 Wilbraham 5 Williamstown 4 Winchester 1 Winthrop 1 Woburn 4 Worcester ! NONE Wrentham ! 3 Common Cause’s criteria for this year’s e-government awards was as follows: “In order to qualify for an e-Government Award, the town or city must post their governing body's agenda and minutes, budget information, general by-laws, and--if applicable--their town meeting warrant and results.” The 51 communities called “Superstars” (shown with this sign: !) additionally met the following criteria: “In order to qualify for an e-Government Award with Distinction, the town or city must fulfill requirements above, as well as provide archived governing board agenda and minutes, zoning by-laws, school committee agendas and minutes, agendas and minutes for an additional board or committee, and a calendar with all public meetings.” Above information from Common Cause/MA website at: http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=5027715 A year ago, Common Cause MA was contacted following the distribution of their 2008 awards, with the request that their criteria include website accessibility in 2009. Executive Director Pam Wilmot, immediately agreed. Nevertheless, this promise, which appeared sincere, fell through the cracks this year.
  5. 5. As for Somerville, MA, which tops the list at a whopping 221 accessibility errors, this writer has repeatedly contacted the mayor’s designated ADA Coordinator C.Campbell, the city’s Chief Information Technology Officer K. Vishwanathan, and several city Department Directors to cite free resources, provide links, and encourage collaborations with members of the community, so that the City of Somerville can meet its obligations to provide communications and information compliant with Section 508 standards. More importantly, the City needs to show respect and provide equal services, programs and opportunities to its leaders and readers of all nationalities and ages who use screen readers and other assistive devices to enable their diverse visual, hearing, motor and cognitive abilities. So how did the City’s officials and staff respond to these friendly notes? With the usual menu: a “stonewall” of silence. This .pdf linked at: www.SomervilleVoices.org “Lowell, zero. Somerville, 221. Mistakes, that is.” 4/19/09 ef/Community Access & Inclusion Project

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