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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.

2011 Web Accessibility Tips (PDF)

2011 Web Accessibility Tips (Word)

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 starprogram@state.mn.us.

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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

Accessibility Initiative - Office of Enterprise Technology, State of Minnesota

AT-IT Compatability Guidelines

Video Captioning Essentials self-study course

Minnesota Statute

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.

16C.145 Nonvisual Technology Access Standards


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Office of Enterprise Technology Standards and Guidelines

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.

Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Guidelines


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Section 508 - Federal Law

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.

Section 508

Guide to Section 508 Standards for 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.

Report to the Access Board: Refreshed Accessibility Standards and Guidelines in Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology.

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Accessible Technology - Federal Laws

Closed Captioning and Telecommunications


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Procurement - Buying Accessible Products

Resources and Web based tools to help purchasing agents determine and locate products that meet Section 508 requirements.


Accessible Procurement Toolkit

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)


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Tools and Resources - Creating Accessible Information Media


2009 - 2010 Accessible Technology Online Seminar Series (National Network of ADA Centers)


AccessIT - National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education offers free Web design curriculum, accessibility checklists and more.

Accessible Digital Media - Design Guidelines for Electronic Publications, Multimedia and the Web

Accessibility of Information Technology (AIT) site through the University of Minnesota provides information and tools, which promotes equal access to electronic and information technology.

Accessibility of Information Technology - University of Minnesota


ADA Best Practices Toolkit for State and Local Government

Adobe Resource Center provides information and resources on how to create accessible media using Adobe products.

Accessibility Show on AdobeTV

Adobe Resource Center

Adobe AFB Webinar on PDF and Assistive Technologies

Adobe - Creating Accessilbe Flash Tutorial

Adobe Slides from CSUN 2010 Talks on Accessibility

Adobe Quick Reference Card - Preparing Microsoft Word documents to create accessible PDF files.


Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) offered through Georgia Tech provides an online Web Accessibility Course.

CATEA Web Accessibility Course


Color Contrast Checker


Even Grounds - a directory listing Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates for a variety of products.

International Standards

Great Lakes Accessible Information Technology Initiative provides information and resources on accessible information technology.

Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Through Design

Karlen Communication - Books and training on creating accessible PDF files

Lexdis Project (Ideas for accessible e-Learning.)

Microsoft Online Training - How to Create Accessible Office 2003 Documents


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.

National Center for Accessible Media


NCAM Rich Media Accessibility - collection of resources for developers and users interested in making rich media accessible


Ohio State University - Web Accessibility Center

Creating Accessible PDF from MS Word 2003


Online Captioning Resources


State Services for the Blind lists a variety of resources for creating accessible Web sites.

State Services for the Blind - Creating Accessible Web sites


StreamText - real time streaming text


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.

Ten Tools for Evaluating Web Design Accessibility


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.

W3C Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

WCAG 2.0 Checklist (WebAIM)

Web Design References - University of Minnesota Duluth


World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)


Web Accessibility and Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance is a reference book on developing accessible Web sites.

Accessible Content (Chapter 6) - free excerpt from Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance


WebAim promotes Web accessibility through a variety of products and services including Web accessibility training and resources.

WebAim articles on creating accessible Web sites and media.

WebAim Video: Keeping Web Accessibility in Mind

WebAxe - practical Web design accessibility tips


The Webucator site offers Web accessibility training.

Webucator Web Accessibility Training

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Checklist

YouTube - how to add and edit captions


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Accessibility and Usability Research

Brookings Institute study reviews and ranks e-government Web sites and services.

Brookings - State and Federal Electronic Government in the United States, 2008


Brown University report reviews and ranks federal and state government Web sites.

Brown University State and Federal E-Government 2007 Report


Web Accessibility Center at Ohio State University, Survey of Survey Tools


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Usability Resources

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.

Usability Services - University of Minnesota


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Minnesota E-Government Accessibility/Usability Compliments and Concerns Line

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.


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Minnesota Interagency Accessibility and Usability Team

Action Summary (Word)



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