Accessibility

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is committed to enhanced digital accessibility. Our website was developed in compliance with California Government Code section 7405, which requires that all state agencies comply with Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Caltrans’ website was developed to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA success criteria and includes enhanced mobile optimization and compatibility with assistive technologies.

There are various types of physical disabilities that impact user interaction on the web. Vision loss, hearing loss, limited manual dexterity, and cognitive disabilities are examples, with each having different means by which to access electronic information effectively. Our goal is to provide a good web experience for all visitors.

If you are experiencing any difficulty navigating the site due to a disability, please contact us and we will assist you in making this information available.

Accessible Features

Listed below are accessibility features, tools, and navigation methods available across the website.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

The website adheres to WCAG 2.1 AA Guidelines and Success Criteria organized under the following 4 principles:

1. Perceivable

  • Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
  • Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
  • Create content that can be presented in different ways, including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
  • Make it easier for users to see and hear content.

2. Operable

  • Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
  • Give users enough time to read and use content.
  • Do not use content that causes seizures.
  • Help users navigate and find content.

3. Understandable

  • Make text readable and understandable.
  • Make content appear and operate in predictable
  • Help users avoid and correct mistakes.

4. Robust:

  • Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools
  • These additions increase the level of accessibility and empowerment to our audience in creating a fully accessible website and documents.

Photographs/Images

Caltrans’ website uses Alternative Text “ALT” and/or “TITLE” attributes. ALT/TITLE attributes provide a written description of the image, which is accessible to screen readers, and visible when the mouse is placed over an image. This is also useful for people who have images turned off on their browser, in which case a description will display in place of where the image used to be.

Font Size

Caltrans’ website is mobile optimized and uses default fonts that allow users to customize the size based on their preference.

Breadcrumbs

Located at the top of each page (except the home page) and directly below the main navigation, breadcrumbs provide a trail of where you are and where you have been. Breadcrumbs make it easier to navigate your way back to the root folder.

Contrast

Our website is configured using highly accessible color contrast combinations. Adjusting contrast can be done by the user customizing their own web browser.

Examples of customization are:

  1. Invert colors
  2. Grayscale
  3. Differentiate without color
  4. Increase contrast
  5. Reduce transparency 
  6. Display contrast 
  7. Cursor size

Keyboard Commands

Navigate through our web pages without the use of a mouse.

(Note: Some commands may not work with every Internet browser version.)

If you want to...

Select...

Increase text size

Ctrl + +

Decrease text size

Ctrl - -

Move forward from link to link

Tab

Move backward from link to link

Shift + Tab

Move from box to box

Tab

Go to top of page

Ctrl + Home

Go to bottom of page

Ctrl + End

Close window

Ctrl + W

Go back a page

Alt + Left Arrow

Go forward a page

Alt + Right Arrow

Go to search box

Alt + S

More Keyboard Shortcuts

Related Resources

Tools

Grievance Procedure

If we are unable to assist you in gaining access to requested information, a grievance may be filed with Caltrans Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Contact Us

Infrastructure ADA Program

Phone (Toll Free): (866) 810-6346
Phone (Local): (916) 324-1999
711 (TTY)
Email: ada.compliance.office@dot.ca.gov

Digital ADA Program

Phone (Toll Free): (833) 713-2922
711 (TTY)
Email: ADAdocs@dot.ca.gov

If you are experiencing any difficulty in navigating the site due to a disability, please contact us or call (833) 713-2922 and we will work with you to make the information available.