Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.
In 1993, Governor Racicot issued a statement providing "assurance that state agencies will comply with the guidelines which require electronic and information technology accessibility" as established under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and in keeping with the spirit of The Americans with Disability Act."
The 2001 Montana Legislature passed HB 239 (now codified as 18-5-601 - 605, MCA) to provide for "access to information technology for individuals who are blind or visually impaired..."
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative website.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law that mandates the elimination of discrimination against persons with a qualifying disability. State agencies strive to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals to enable them to do the essential functions of a job. State agencies must also remove barriers to participation in state-sponsored programs, services and activities when necessary.
Additional accessibility resources and assistance are available at ADA.gov.
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