The State of Minnesota Celebrates and Reflects on the Anniversary of the Standard
8/20/2020 9:00:00 AM
It’s time to celebrate! The State of Minnesota’s digital accessibility and usability standard is 10 years old. First, let’s raise a (virtual) glass to toast:
What’s in a standard?
Imagine a situation in which whenever you sent an email, posted a PDF, or created a web page, you weren’t sure whether your user would be able to read the content. How confident would you be in your work? That’s why standards are important. Standards provide the technical framework that help you define what works and what doesn’t.
Ten years in Minnesota
On September 1, 2020, the State of Minnesota celebrates the adoption of a digital accessibility and usability standard, which clearly defines what it takes to create accessible technology and content. To support the standard, the Office of Accessibility works with state Digital Accessibility Coordinators to create training and resources to help state employees and the public understand how to make sure that information and resources are accessible.
In the past ten years,
Because of this standard, the State is in a better position to hire more diverse state employees, particularly people with disabilities (Executive Order 19-15-PDF); provide better, more efficient services to more Minnesotans; and provide guidance and resources to local and regional governments.
There’s still plenty of room for improvement. But thanks to the State digital accessibility and usability standard and an accompanying law that appropriated funds for the Office of Accessibility, state of Minnesota agencies and their employees have the training, support, and resources to ensure that their services and content are accessible.
Would you like to learn more about the accessibility work being done by Minnesota IT Services and the State of Minnesota? Once a month we will bring you more tips, articles, and ways to learn more about digital accessibility.