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Digital Accessibility


  • Celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Digital Accessibility and Usability law in partnership with Minnesota IT Services' Office of Accessibility, legislators, other disability agencies, and community partners. This occurred at the State Capitol Rotunda and included Experience Labs where people could try accessibility equipment. 


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • Won continuation of the funds for real-time captioning of live news broadcasts (originally scheduled to end in 2010), thanks to funds allocated from the Telephone Access Minnesota fund.


  • Passed captioning bill that gives $600,000 every 2 years for real-time captioning for live news programming in Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, Alexandria, and TPT's Almanac. The funds make one hour of real-time captioning of news broadcasts available 365 days a year in 4 cities, plus 110 hours of live news on public television. Federal law requires that only the top 25 news markets provide real-time captioning for live news broadcasts; the Twin Cities is the only Minnesota area required to provide them. 
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