Information Technology Accessibility Act
Published July 1, 2005 Effective September 8, 2005 Version 1.0 Issued by the Office of State Finance
Effective Date September 8, 2005
House Bill 2197, signed by Governor Henry in April 2004, requires state agencies, postsecondary institutions, and Career Technology Education and Technology Center school districts to develop, procure, and maintain information technology that allows employees, program participants, and members of the general public access to use of information and data that is comparable to the access by individuals without disabilities, or accessible information technology. Oklahoma’s new law follows suit with Federal law, Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act.The Director of State Finance and the Director of the Department of Central Services are mandated to promulgate rules to implement the provisions of the law. The Information Services Division of OSF and the Department of Central Services are required to develop and adopt accessibility standards that address the technical standard categories of Section 508.
- The categories are:
- Software Applications and Operating Systems
- Web–based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications
- Telecommunications Products
- Video and Multimedia Products
- Desktop and Portable Computers
- Information, Documentation, and Support
On September 8, 2005, Governor Henry approved the emergency rules issued from the Department of Central Services and the Office of State Finance making this the effective date. It is anticipated a public hearing will take place no later than February 2006 to accept public comments prior to adoption of permanent rules.
In an effort to provide agencies with technical assistance, the Office of State Finance, the Department of Central Services, and Oklahoma ABLE Tech are working together to provide information from the Oklahoma state portal at www.ok.gov. The web site contains links to pertinent information such as the Oklahoma IT accessibility standards, the Department of Central Services and OSF rules, technical assistance guides, and a web accessibility tutorial.
An information technology accessibility training opportunity will be offered in February 2006. Appointing authorities are encouraged to send employees to these training sessions who are Chief Information Officers, certified procurement officers and individuals who are actively involved in decisions related to the development and procurement of agency electronic and information technology; agency telecommunications and technology long–range planning prescribed by OSF. Personnel who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with accessibility standards for the agency should also attend. Questions may be directed to Linda Jaco, Oklahoma ABLE Tech at 800–257–1705, Joe Fleckinger, Office of State Finance, (405) 521–2141; or Gerry Smedley, Department of Central Services, (405) 521–2131.