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Accessible Video Standards for State Agencies

MNCDHH helps state agencies out by putting their content into American Sign Language (ASL) for them, which detracts from our own work and results in the community thinking that the information is coming from us. Instead, MNCDHH needs to return the responsibility back to the state agencies. An obvious exception to this would be joint projects. MNCDHH will help state agencies with the transition and will provide resources. The community will obtain information directly from state agencies, which will improve access and remove any branding confusion. 

Who this impacts

  • Minnesota citizens who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing
  • State of Minnesota employees who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing


MNCDHH has created an accessible ASL Video Production Checklist (PDF) for state agencies and other interested organizations to use. 

MNCDHH is also encouraging Minnesota Management & Budget to create a master contract for ASL video production, which will streamline state agency experience with hiring a vendor from a list of qualified vendors. We hope to partner with the Office of Accessibility on this project. 

Who was involved

Special thanks to the following individuals who provided feedback on the ASL video production checklist (originally created in 2016):

  • Doug Bowen-Bailey
  • Patty Gordon
  • Sarah Houge
  • Teika Pakalns 
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