NEW - List of 2011 Web Accessibility Tips
During 2011, STAR posted weekly web accessibility tips to STAR Point, its email distribution list. Now, by popular demand, STAR is posting the entire list of accessibility tips compiled into a single document for easy reference.
A new 2012 series of web accessibility tips is being posted weekly on STAR Point; you can subscribe to STAR Point by contacting STAR at 651-201-2640 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Accessible Technology Bill (HF 1744 / SF 1600)
Governor Pawlenty signed the accessible technology bill on May 22, 2009. This new law requires the state to adopt Section 508 standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) to develop and maintain accessible statewide information and telecommunications technology systems and services. (Read the final language of HF 1744.)
Accessibility and Usability of E-Government Services
The Internet is dramatically changing the way that Minnesota state government serves the public. Taking advantage of ever changing advances in new technology, state government is increasing its use of the Web to offer citizens a host of services. These services may include corresponding online with elected officials, providing information about government services, renewing licenses, providing tax information and filing tax returns, and applying for jobs or benefits.
Whether you are a state agency, information technology professional, or simply interested in accessibility and usability of E-Government services, we invite you to use the helpful resources below.
- Recently Added Resources
- Minnesota Statute
- Office of Enterprise Technology Standards and Guidelines
- Section 508 - Federal Law
- Accessible Technology Laws
- Procurement - Buying Accessible Products
- Tools and Resources - Creating Accessible Information Media
- Accessibility and Usability Research
- Usability Resources
- E-Government Compliments and Concerns
- Minnesota Interagency Accessibility and Usability Team
Video Captioning Essentials self-study course
Minnesota Statute 16C.145 requires nonvisual access standards be included in all contracts for the procurement of information technology by and for the use of, agencies, political subdivisions, and the Minnesota state colleges and universities. The standards must include effective, interactive control and use of the technology, require information technology compatibility, integration into networks used to share communications, and have the capability of providing equivalent access by nonvisual means to telecommunications or other interconnected network services used by individuals who are not blind or visually impaired.
The purpose of the Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Guideline is to provide guidance that will assist Minnesota State Agencies to create, develop and maintain web sites that serve the largest possible audience.
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act requiring Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘ 794d), Federal agencies must provide employees and members of the public with disabilities access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
Organizations and agencies that do not fall under Section 508 often use these guidelines to voluntarily increase the accessibility of their electronic and information technology.
In April 2008, the Advisory Committee to the United States Access Board issued a report outlining recommendations for revising Section 508 standards and Section 255 accessibility guidelines.
Resources and Web based tools to help purchasing agents determine and locate products that meet Section 508 requirements.
2009 - 2010 Accessible Technology Online Seminar Series (National Network of ADA Centers)
Accessibility of Information Technology (AIT) site through the University of Minnesota provides information and tools, which promotes equal access to electronic and information technology.
Adobe Resource Center provides information and resources on how to create accessible media using Adobe products.
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) offered through Georgia Tech provides an online Web Accessibility Course.
MIT General Web Accessbility Guidelines includes resources.
The National Center for Accessible Media provides information and resources to increase access to media for people with disabilities.
Ohio State University - Web Accessibility Center
State Services for the Blind lists a variety of resources for creating accessible Web sites.
Ten Tips for Creating Usable and Accessible PDFs from the Refresh Detroit Web site.
Top Web Resources lists ten free tools for evaluating Web design accessibility and performance.
Training Resources - List of training resources (Word)
Video Captioning Essentials - free self-study course
W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium develops guidelines, software, and tools to promote the full potential of the Web, including equal access through accessibility initiatives.
WCAG 2.0 Checklist (WebAIM)
Web Accessibility and Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance is a reference book on developing accessible Web sites.
WebAim promotes Web accessibility through a variety of products and services including Web accessibility training and resources.
The Webucator site offers Web accessibility training.
Brookings Institute study reviews and ranks e-government Web sites and services.
Brown University report reviews and ranks federal and state government Web sites.
Usability.gov provides resources and tools to help plan, analyze, design, test and refine usable Web sites.
The University of Minnesota offers a range of usability services designed to help teams develop Web sites and applications that are easy and intuitive to use.
Having accessibility or usability problems with any Minnesota state government Web site or software? Or have you used a state Web site or software that works especially well for people with disabilities? We want to hear your experiences. Please visit the new Minnesota E-Government Accessibility/Usability Compliments and Concerns Line.