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State and Federal
E-Government in the United States, 2002 - In this study, Connecticut was
ranked 4th overall in the country, and first in the areas of security policy and
privacy policies on state web sites, and first in the area of web sites
accessible to people with disabilities.
May 9, 2002 -
DOIT Notice to IT Consultants about Web Accessibility Training requirement
Committee Chair's report from CSUN 2002
JAWS for Windows Navigation Keys
Extension granted for certain PDF documents
Web Site Accessibility In the News
Government Technology Magazine, December 2002
- Point of
View: Accessibility Is Fundamental to E-Government State and local
governments are slowly dealing with accessibility in the design of Web sites
and electronic services. The 2002 Digital State Survey indicates that a
growing number of states now have accessibility statements referencing either
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines or federal Section 508 regulations.
This is encouraging because the federal mandate does not apply to state and
local sectors; their efforts are voluntary.
Access: Patchwork of policies creates uncertain e-government availability for
citizens with disabilities There are 54 million Americans with
disabilities. Less than one-third of adults with severe disabilities are
working, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and barely half the number
of students with disabilities graduated from high school, according to the
U.S. Department of Education.
Inclusive Internet: States discover there's more than one way to improve Web
site accessibility Web site accessibility continues to grow in importance
as more constituents with disabilities incorporate the Internet into their
- Accessible Technology Conference Draws International Audience - Government
Technology, March 27, 2002 - More than 4,000 people representing 35 countries
attended a five-day conference on accessibility technologies, said Harry Rizer,
director of the California State University, Northridge Center on
Disabilities, which sponsored the conference.
- Government Technology's Supplement - electronic government, Spring 2002
Across the Disability Divide - States begin the journey to develop accessible
Web sites Mentions that Connecticut is one of the states that is leading
the way and lists Connecticut's
Accessibility Policy as a resource.
Government Computer News
Access Board says
Section 508 still rules A judge’s ruling on commercial Web sites has no
impact on government sites, which are still required to be accessible to the
disabled, according to the federal Access Board.
Smooth the bumpy road to
508 compliance Tools with wizards, customizable rules and details for fixes
can help you retrofit Web sites for accessibility
Keys to Access: Making Web pages accessible could be easier and cheaper
than you think Government Computer News, April 15, 2002. A key phrase in the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 orders employers to “make reasonable
accommodations” for disabled employees and others. The directive’s purpose is
clear but the words are vague enough to allow organizations to view making some
accommodations as unreasonable. What makes an accommodation unreasonable? The
shortest answer is cost.
State making its Web sites ADA compliant
Hartford Business Journal, January 21,
2002 (republished here with permission).
FCW.Com - Index
to articles about Accessibility