Thank you for visiting the official website for the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. The Workers’ Compensation Commission is committed to making our website information and materials available to all Connecticut citizens, including those with disabilities, in a way that is enjoyable, secure, comfortable, and valuable.
To that end, we have been working hard to meet the accessibility standards required by the Universal Web Site Accessibility Policy for State Web Sites, which includes adherence to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines recommended by the W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium).
Goals of Website Accessibility
For those with various types and degrees of disability, we hope to be able to provide a site that can be utilized successfully with:
In addition, we hope to be able to build a solid foundation, through meeting accessibility standards and guidelines, towards being able to make our website information and materials available on future wireless and other delivery devices (sometimes called user agents) such as:
Are there other benefits to making the site more "accessible?"
Download times for all types of pages will decrease, and a newer site design and navigation scheme will get you to the information more quickly. All customers will gradually begin to see a faster, more stable website, regardless of disability.
In the future, we may also be able to make our information and materials available beyond the desktop environment.
What are we doing now to implement improved accessibility in our site?
Each of our web pages (over 2,500 pages now, and about 3,000 projected by year's end) needs to be manually recoded to remove outmoded, inaccessible code and to implement newer display-oriented code into our site. We are presently recoding all pages in our site to make them conform to accessibility standards and guidelines.
Some of the initial steps we are taking as we recode our site pages include a design incorporating more readable type, which can more easily be controlled by customers through their browser settings. We are developing a new site design and navigation scheme aimed at getting you to the information with fewer steps. We are also attempting to adopt a color scheme which will display well on numerous devices (from computer monitors to wireless devices to printers), as well as take into account the physical limitations imposed on some users by their color-blindness.
In addition, we will be working to provide text page alternatives to our forms and other documents which, by necessity, are available in non-HTML formats. (An example of such a format is the Adobe Acrobat PDF format, which is the format for our agency's forms.)
What will you see in the future?
You may have already noticed that pages in certain sections of our site look different from pages in other sections. We have recently begun posting pages which are presented through your browser using the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) technology. This technology separates web page "content" from web page "design" so that the actual information, the content, will be available to any user with any type of hardware or software.
From now through early next year there will be a constant flux in the "look and feel" of our site, as we refine the implementation of greater accessibility. We hope that this flux will not inconvenience you; please bear with us as we work hard to make our site more user-friendly for everyone.
When will the site be fully "accessible?"
We will be working continuously through the remainder of 2001 to make our site more accessible. Connecticut state agency websites are required to meet accessibility guidelines by January 1, 2002.
Will I need new hardware or software to use the site when it becomes fully "accessible?"
By meeting the accessibility standards and guidelines of the State's Universal Web Site Accessibility Policy for State Web Sites and the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, we should have a website which will work even better than before, for all of our customers.
Most of our customers are already using newer and more "accessible" browsers. For customers accessing our site with older browsers, alternative user agents, or other devices, the information in our site may be presented as straight text; only the visual design will be missing. For many visually-impaired or otherwise disabled users, this will in no way reduce the usability and meaningfulness of the actual site content, the information itself.
For questions or comments about our website accessibility, or to report problems you may be experiencing with accessing our site, please contact:
State of Connecticut
Workers’ Compensation Commission
Office of the Chairman
21 Oak Street, 4th Floor
Phone: (860) 493-1500
State of Connecticut
Workers' Compensation Commission
Page last revised: May 10, 2001
Page URL: http://wcc.state.ct.us/access.htm