DIR Accessibility Initiatives. Jeff Kline, Statewide Accessibility Coordinator Texas Department of Information Resources June 8, 2011. Agenda. Overview of the IT accessibility landscape DIR “E” Accessibility Strategy. DIR Accessibility Initiative. Overview of the IT accessibility landscape
Jeff Kline, Statewide Accessibility Coordinator Texas Department of Information Resources
June 8, 2011
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Disabilities are no longer confined to traditional definitions, especially with the growing need to embrace aging workforces and citizens.
People with disabilities
speakers & low literacy
16% of world population is disabled*
Everyday situations disable certain senses temporarily
Globalization is driving many people to communicate in nonnative languages
By 2025 nearly 20% of the
population will be over 65
For most people technology makes things easier.
For people with disabilities,
technology makes things possible.
President’s Council on Disabilities
New, emerging, and evolving regulations, standards & guidelines drive accessibility requirements around the world.
Texas Gov. Code 2054
Texas Adm. Codes 206/213
Accessibility-related litigation & legal inquiries in the U.S.
June 1,2011: $16M settlement to compensate hard-of-hearing and deaf customers who had difficulty accessing banking services.
Sued by NFB for inaccessible website. Settlement of $6M not including legal expenses, site remediation, and other incidentals.
Major tech company and TX HHS sued by NFB – Software is inaccessible to blind State of TX employees.
PMI (US-based organization) sued in UK due to inaccessible training application.
Sued by DoJ for ADA violations. Settlement terms: must provide accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Fined by State of N.Y. for special pricing available only on inaccessible websites.
Sued by NFB and state employees because web applications wereinaccessible to the blind. Settled.
Sued by individuals. Inaccessible online services included in ruling.
ADA settlement over inaccessible ATMs.
Triad strategy to
Model of EIR accessibility “A” framework execution
Technical SME capability
EIR Accessibility Policy
Value to Agencies
(time, money or both)