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E-Government Services Accessibility

2013

  • Passage of a bill, which allocated funds for MN.IT for $580K for the biennium for two staff positions to make all state websites accessible and state online content for the state technology agency, MN.IT, and $150K for captioning of online floor sessions and committee hearings.

2010

  • Created the online course, Video Captioning Essentials. 
  • Creation of the website, Deaf Rights, which lists all state rules, session laws and statutes related to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and links to contacts related to the topic.

2009-2010

  • Created the online video, Electronic Curb Cut, the online course, Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word 2010, and the online webinar, Creating Accessible Websites and Applications Using WCAG 2.0 Standards in collaboration with MN.IT.

2009

  • Led a group of disability advocates that led to the passage of statewide technology accessibility standards, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1978 and Web Content Access Guidelines 2.0 and:
    - funds for MN.IT to hire staff to implement the law with matching funds from the ARRA and TAM.
    - funds from TAM to the LCC for real-time captioning of floor and session hearings.
    - funds from TAM for the Commission to provide content that is available online in English and other languages in ASL and to provide technical assistance.
    - established the Technology Accessibility Advisory Committee comprised of people with disabilities and state CIOs. 
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