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Nebraska State Web Accessibility Laws

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    Adopted on October 31, 2001, the State of Nebraska’s web accessibility standards “define and clarify policies, standards, and guidelines that will help agencies meet the needs of people with disabilities.”

    The goal of these standards is to ensure equal access for all individuals of the state, as well as implement early planning for accessibility “to provide reasonable accommodations when information technology systems are not accessible.”

    The NTIC 2-101: Accessibility Policy was developed by Nebraska’s Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, and the Chief of Information Officer.

    The standards and guidelines

    The standards and guidelines are broken down into seven sections. They address the following areas:

    • 3.1 Functional Performance Criteria (Section 1194.31): States that at least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require vision, visual acuity greater than 20/70, hearing, speech, motor control or simultaneous actions must be provided.
    • 3.2 Software Applications and Operating Systems (Section 1194.31): Outlines the requirements for image/information display, compatibility, use of color, animation, forms, and navigation.
    • 3.3 Web-based internet information and applications (Section 1194.22): Outlines the requirements for navigation, image/information display, and information display alternatives (use of color, forms, and time responses).
    • 3.4 Telecommunications products (Section 1194.23): Outlines the requirements for image/information display, technology links compatibility, volume control, voicemail, controls and keys/physical operation.
    • 3.5 Video and Multi-media products (Section 1194.24): Outlines the requirements for TV, video, and multi-media. The state requires all training and informational video and multimedia productions supporting the agency’s mission to be captioned and audio described.
    • 3.6 Self-Contained, Closed Products (Section 1194.25): Requires self-contained products to be usable by a person with a disability without requiring the end-user to attach Assistive Technology. The provision also outlines requirements for response times, controls or keys/physical operations, and audio/voice output for self-contained, closed products.
    • 3.7 Desktop and Portable Computers (Section 1194.26): States desktop and portable computers shall comply with publicly available industry standards.

    Technology Access Clause

    The Technology Access Clause was developed for all purchases of information technology. All contracts must include the clause and adhere to the provisions outlined in the clause.

    The Technology Access Clause states, “The intent and purpose of these standards is to ensure that the needs of Nebraskans with disabilities are met through reasonable accommodation of the information technology products and services of the state. Future information technology products, systems, and services including data, voice, and video technologies, as well as information dissemination methods, will comply with the following standards to the greatest degree possible.”

    The clause includes five provision including:

    • “Information technology made accessible for individuals with disabilities must be compatible with the technology used by other individuals with whom the individual with a disability must interact.”
    • “When development, procurement, maintenance, or use of electronic and information technology does not meet these standards, individuals with disabilities will be provided with the information and data involved by an alternative means of access that allows the individual to use the information and data.”

    For the full provision, please refer to the NTIC 2-101: Accessibility Policy, under Purpose and Objectives.

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