Accessibility Initiative
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Accessibility Initiative

The Technology Accessibility Project
In 2009, Minnesota passed MN law, CHAPTER 131--H.F.No.1744 to incorporate Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 standards into the State of Minnesota’s development and procurement of electronic and information technology.
To implement this legislation, the Technology Accessibility Project was established to:

  • Put standard state processes, tools, and guidelines in place
  • Enhance end-user accessibility to state information systems
  • Ensure reasonable access to information for all Minnesota citizens

 For more information about this project that will implement the new MN law, please see: FAQ about the Technology Accessibility Implementation Project.

BUY-IT product accessibility standards
The Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) evaluates products in the following categories based on technology standards outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act:

  • Desktop and portable computers
  • Web-based information or applications
  • Telecommunication products
  • Video and multimedia products
  • Software applications and operating systems
  • Self contained, closed products (e.g., information kiosks, calculators, and fax machines)

How can vendors provide product accessibility information?
OET is currently accepting information from vendors that will help us evaluate product accessibility. If you are a BUY-IT vendor, you can provide this information by completing a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template,(VPAT) form, that will provide details about how hardware or software products meet key regulations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Please submit the completed form to: oet.isrm@state.mn.us.

Last updated: 2/9/2010