There is a lot of information out there about accessibility, and we use a selection of tools and resources in our accessibility work at Oklahoma ABLE Tech. There is no reason we shouldn't share some of our favorites. Please use these to help as you create more accessible information technology products.
The State of Oklahoma's Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility (EITA) statute went into effect in 2005. It covers state agencies, higher education, and Career Tech in the state. Oklahoma EITA sets forth standards for different forms of technology.
There is a more modern set of standards from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Oklahoma's EITA standards and the standards in Section 508 of the Federal Rehabiliation Act are based on version 1 of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Many states and countries have begun to reference version 2 of the WCAG standards. Slowly but surely, Section 508 is undergoing a refresh and we expect it to point to the WCAG 2.0 standards as well. So it is a good idea to start to become familiar with the new standards.
Whenever you look at a software tool or platform, accessibility should be one of your considerations. Working accessibility into your procurement process is a great way to set your agency, institution, or affiliate up for success in implementing accessible technology.
The State of Oklahoma has documentation to help you to procure accessible technology. The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services Procurement Resources will help you to work accessibility into your procurement process.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech has several resources to help you to better understand accessibility and create more accessible technology resources. Find Oklahoma ABLE Tech's resources and tools here.