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Broadband Adoption and     People with DisabilitiesCommission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of HearingMinnesotansOffice of E...
2009 Legislation    • Mandated that OET adopt accessibility standards    • Specifies the incorporation of Section 508 and ...
Rural Communities and                People with Disabilities     • People with disabilities are more likely than       mo...
Jobs and People with Disabilities    • When the ADA was passed in 1990, 22% of         people with disabilities were emplo...
Why are so many people with                      disabilities still offline?    By 2009 only 41% of Americans with    disa...
Recommendations:                Education and Training• Make training and educational materials accessible      – Provide ...
Recommendations:                  Fund Assistive Technology      • Government funds and grants                 – TAM a pot...
Recommendations:                 Regulation Compliance • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1978 • Web Content Acces...
Section 508 and Web Content Access                  Guidelines • Through MCDHH’s advocacy the State of   Minnesota adopted...
Accessibility: Quick Introduction • Not an accommodation – it’s built-in –   everyone uses it • Technology centered; not f...
Technology Accessibility Standards          Implementation Project • Supports OET’s mandate to establish   technology acce...
2009 Legislation: Current Status • 2011: TAM Appropriation • Created position of CIAO15   3/31/2010
Broadband Issues • What is “Broadband”?16   3/31/2010
Broadband: Broadly Defined •    Size of the pipe •    Type of pipe •    Type of device •    Content (apps and data)17   3/...
OET and Accessibility •    Policy framework •    Process recommendations •    Dialogue •    Incentives18   3/31/2010
THANK YOU!Mary Hartnettmary.hartnett@state.mn.us(651) 431-5965www.mncdhh.orgJay Wyantjay.wyant@state.mn.us612.825.8285 (ce...
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Broadband Adoption and People with Disabilities

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A presentation to the 2012 Minnesota Broadband Task Force from Jay Wyant at the Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Office of Enterprise Technologies (OET)

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Broadband Adoption and People with Disabilities

  1. 1. Broadband Adoption and People with DisabilitiesCommission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of HearingMinnesotansOffice of Enterprise Technologies (OET)
  2. 2. 2009 Legislation • Mandated that OET adopt accessibility standards • Specifies the incorporation of Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 into the standards • Funds through June 30, 2011 • Sets up an advisory committee • Funds two other projects related to captioning (Legis. Coordination Committee and Commission for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans)2 3/31/2010
  3. 3. Rural Communities and People with Disabilities • People with disabilities are more likely than most other groups to live in rural areas • At least 20 percent of people with disabilities, 11 million people, live in rural areas of the United States.3 3/31/2010
  4. 4. Jobs and People with Disabilities • When the ADA was passed in 1990, 22% of people with disabilities were employed • 22 years later, that number remains the same • People with disabilities employed in state government decreased from 10.1% in 1999 to 4.6% in 20114 3/31/2010
  5. 5. Why are so many people with disabilities still offline? By 2009 only 41% of Americans with disabilities had adopted broadband. (39% of all non-adopters are people with disabilities.) • Assistive technology is too expensive • Broadband speed is insufficient - Internet may be seen as inaccessible and unnecessary5 3/31/2010
  6. 6. Recommendations: Education and Training• Make training and educational materials accessible – Provide transportation – Publish Braille materials – Offer sign language interpretive services• Some example programs: – Tools for Life in Georgia • Resource Centers • Small Business Education – Broadband Changed My Life! • Campaign to promote benefits of Broadband8 3/31/2010
  7. 7. Recommendations: Fund Assistive Technology • Government funds and grants – TAM a potential resource – CenturyLink Settlement • Equipment recycling and exchanges • Expand definition of assistive technology • Economic development funds10 3/31/2010
  8. 8. Recommendations: Regulation Compliance • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1978 • Web Content Access Guidelines 2.0 • 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act signed on 10/08/10 by President Obama11 3/31/2010
  9. 9. Section 508 and Web Content Access Guidelines • Through MCDHH’s advocacy the State of Minnesota adopted federal accessibility standards in 2009 • All websites and content must be accessible- captioned live streaming, content in ASL, captioned videos • MCDHH and OET produced/co-produced courses on web and document accessibility12 3/31/2010
  10. 10. Accessibility: Quick Introduction • Not an accommodation – it’s built-in – everyone uses it • Technology centered; not focused on a person who is disabled • Proactive • It’s an electronic curb-cut!13 3/31/2010
  11. 11. Technology Accessibility Standards Implementation Project • Supports OET’s mandate to establish technology accessibility standards and implement the processes needed to put them into effect • OET and MMD are working together to assure the state is purchasing accessible hardware, software, and online applications under Minnesota Statutes 2009, section 16C.14 3/31/2010
  12. 12. 2009 Legislation: Current Status • 2011: TAM Appropriation • Created position of CIAO15 3/31/2010
  13. 13. Broadband Issues • What is “Broadband”?16 3/31/2010
  14. 14. Broadband: Broadly Defined • Size of the pipe • Type of pipe • Type of device • Content (apps and data)17 3/31/2010
  15. 15. OET and Accessibility • Policy framework • Process recommendations • Dialogue • Incentives18 3/31/2010
  16. 16. THANK YOU!Mary Hartnettmary.hartnett@state.mn.us(651) 431-5965www.mncdhh.orgJay Wyantjay.wyant@state.mn.us612.825.8285 (cell)http://mn.gov/oet/policies-and-standards/accessibility

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