Enabling Access to Excellence: The Disability Challenge
Technology Accessibility for People with Disabilities
City University of New York

The Law

US Government
1)  http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/disabilityresources.html
     Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights cases and resources.
     See decision regarding inaccessible technology in California Community Colleges.

2)  http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1996-1/fr01mr6a.html

Text of the Tech Act, including specifics about section 508 applicability to recipients of Tech Act funds.  See especially section in the comments at the beginning entitled  "Compliance With Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sec. 345.31(d))" and a later section of the law entitled "345.31  What is the content of an application for an extension grant?"
3)  http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/508standards.htm
     Section 508 Requirements for Electronic Accessibility for People with Disabilities

4)  http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/commrept/eitaacrpt.htm
     Electronic and Information Technology Access Advisory Committee / Final Report - May 12, 1999

"...A separate law, the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988, later replaced by the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, and now known as the AT Act, has required states to provide assurances of their compliance with Section 508 as a condition to receiving Federal funds for their technology assistance programs. Although all of the states have submitted such assurances, the lack of Federal efforts to enforce Section 508's provisions has put the value of these assurances into question. The new Section 508 standards will provide much needed guidance to ensure compliance with these assurances..."
5)  http://www.fcc.gov/dtf/dtftele.html
     FCC and Telecommunications act of 1996.


New York State
1)  http://www.irm.state.ny.us/policy/99-3.htm
     Technology Policy 99-3: Universal Access for NYS Web Sites, Sept. 30, 1999
     (Supplement to 96-13)

"...The purpose of this technology policy is to require that all New York State agencies' web sites provide universal accessibility to persons with disabilities..."
2)  http://www.irm.state.ny.us/policy/extension.htm
      Extension of deadlines in 99-3 until December 2000

3)  http://www.irm.state.ny.us/policy/96-13.htm
     Technology Policy 96-13: Accessibility to Technology - November 7, 1996

 "...It is the policy of the State that persons, including those with disabilities, have equivalent access to electronic equipment and information technology. Such access  applies to current and prospective employees with disabilities, as well as to citizens with disabilities who need to access State offices and public information services. The purpose of this Technology Policy is to review the underlying statutory requirements and to provide guidelines to be followed by State agencies regarding accessibility to technology for persons with disabilities..."
4)  http://www.advoc4disabled.state.ny.us/TRAID_Project/nystkply.htm
     More on Technology Policy 96-13, as posted by the NYS Advocate for People with Disabilities.

5)  http://seddmznt.nysed.gov/cio/access/workgroup.html
     NY State Education Department workgroup on Accessibility to Information Technology.

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