Oklahoma State Web Accessibility Laws

November 9, 2015 BY EMILY GRIFFIN
Updated: June 3, 2019

In 2004, Oklahoma passed a web accessibility law that made it one of a handful of states with an explicit state accessibility policy.

The Oklahoma Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility law (EITA) holds state entities to Section 508 standards. All state websites, digital documents, and software must be usable by people with disabilities.

The EITA covers state agencies and offices, as well as state colleges, universities, or online learning programs.

The law created the State of Oklahoma Information Technology Accessibility Standards. This 20-page document outlines the specific obligations of inclusive design for the web.

Section 4.3 (b) addresses closed captioning:

Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.

This section notes that standards apply to state websites but not to private sector websites.

Section 4.6 covers video and multimedia accessibility in more depth.

The standards also require captioning and video description for certain training and informational multimedia productions developed or procured by state agencies in accordance with a time schedule. The standards also provide that viewers are able to turn captioning or video description features on or off.

All training and informational video and multimedia productions, excluding television broadcasts, live Webcasts and live video conferencing, which contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.

As with many accessibility laws, the EITA includes an undue burden clause:

It is recognized that some agencies have their own proprietary systems that may not conform to the standards indicated in this document or it would cause the agency an undue burden to comply. Any exceptions or undue burden are to be documented and be available on request.

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