Our Commitment to Accessibility
Our Commitment to Accessibility
As “the people’s branch of government,” the Nevada Legislature is committed to ensuring that all people, regardless of ability, have access to the legislative process and can fully participate in it, whether they wish to do so in person or online. As part of this commitment, we continually work to maintain and improve access to the buildings where citizens, legislators, and staff carry out the legislative process, as well as ensure that our website and its content are accessible for all users.
We will make reasonable accommodations for anyone who wants to access our buildings, website, or content. Feedback about how well your expectations and needs are being met are welcome and appreciated. For website or building feedback, please contact us by email at email@example.com. or by phone at 775‑684‑6903. For website feedback, you can also use our feedback form (also linked at the top of the page).
Requests for Accommodations
The Nevada Legislature is committed to making its programs, services, and activities accessible to people of all ages and abilities. In order to ensure that everyone can fully participate in government and has equal access to information, the Legislature provides the following accommodations upon request: Interpreters, communications access real-time translation (CART), assistive listening devices, bill text or publications in large print, and transcripts for meeting audio or video transcripts. Requests for these or other accommodations should be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 775‑684‑6903. Requests should be made 72 hours in advance whenever possible. The Nevada Legislature may not be able to provide accommodations requested less than 72 hours prior to an event or meeting.
The Legislature is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for building accessibility by ensuring that our buildings have accessible parking, entrances, elevators, restrooms, and seating in chambers and committee hearing rooms.
Group tours of the Legislative Building in Carson City are wheelchair accessible. Tour information can be found on the Legislative Police website. You may also contact the Legislative Police directly by calling 775‑684‑6812.
Service Animal Policy
It is the policy of the Legislature to support the use of service animals by persons with disabilities and the training of service animals for persons with disabilities. Read the Full Policy on Service Animals and Service Animals in Training.
NEVADA LEGISLATURE Grievance Procedure under The Americans with Disabilities Act
This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Nevada Legislature. The Nevada Legislature’s personnel policies govern employment-related complaints of disability discrimination. The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination, such as the name, address, and phone number of the complainant and a description of the problem, including relevant dates and locations. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request. The complaint should be submitted by the complainant or designee as soon as possible but not later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation. The complaint should be submitted to:
ADA Coordinator, Human Resources Unit,
Legislative Counsel Bureau
401 S. Carson St.,
Carson City, NV 89706
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator or designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator or designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the Nevada Legislature and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint. If the response by the ADA Coordinator or designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant or designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau or designee. Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau or designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Director or designee will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint. All written complaints received by the ADA Coordinator or designee, appeals to the Director or designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by the Nevada Legislature for at least three years.
On the Web
The Nevada Legislature’s website has a wealth of current and historical content available to anyone with a browser. Some highlights include:
- Real-time meeting material and video streaming, as well as archived videos dating back to 2015
- Session-related information dating back to 1985
- The full text of the current version of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)
- The full text of the Statutes of Nevada from 1945 to present
- Legislative committee minutes from 1993 to present
- Policy-related research materials
- Fiscal reports and publications
- Legislative audits dating back to 2002
- Interim committee reports dating back to 1947
Much of the content listed above meets our standards for accessibility, but some content has been identified as needing remediation. If you find that you have difficulty accessing any of our content, please give us feedback by using our feedback form (also linked at the top of the page) or contacting us by email at email@example.com. or by phone at 775‑684‑6903.
Standards We Are Holding Ourselves To
For both existing pages and new development, we are striving to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at the AA level. We are following industry standards and best practices for web development in order to work towards these guidelines, which can be summarized as follows:
- Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, braille, speech, symbols or simpler language.
- Provide alternatives for time-based media.
- Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure.
- Make it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background.
- Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
- Provide users enough time to read and use content.
- Do not design content in a way that is known to cause seizures.
- Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are.
- Make text content readable and understandable.
- Make Web pages appear and operate in predictable ways.
- Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
- Maximize compatibility with current and future user agents, including assistive technologies.
The Legislative Counsel Bureau's web development team has, for some time, been developing new pages with the goal of conforming to industry-known best practices for web content accessibility for persons with disabilities and for mobile device usage. Beginning in 2017, the team was tasked with reviewing and remediating significant portions of the existing website to further address these concerns. Because our website includes content dating back to 1945, the work is significant so we began the process by basing the priority of our effort on website traffic statistics we've collected, prioritizing remediation of higher traffic areas.
At the conclusion of the selection process, we began the remediation process for each page to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at the AA level.
Furthermore, we've implemented a feedback form on the footer of our site that can be used to report problems specific to web content accessibility.