Section 508 Compliance
- Electronic documents including multimedia must be:
- Perceived, operated, and understood by users with disabilities
- Support use with assistive technology
- There is no magic make accessible button
- Accessible content creation is a process
- Achieving accessibility requires manual inspection in addition to automated checking
Creating accessible web pages
Creating accessible files / documents
- Word and PDF - MN.IT Services comprehensive set of tutorials
- Other Programs - InDesign, Microsoft Office Products, Other Adobe Products
- Video and audio
Checking files / documents for accessibility
Microsoft Office (MSO) 2010 has a built in accessibility checker. If you are creating documents in MSO (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) for posting on the web, you should be using MSO 2010. Adobe Acrobat Pro also has an accessibility checker. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Pro, you should send accessible documents in their original format to the web team for conversion.
The following links are to instructions for using the accessibility checkers.
- Microsoft Office Products (Check for accessibility issues)
- Adobe Acrobat Pro (Using the Acrobat XI Pro Accessibility Checker, PDF file)
Adding Alternative Text for images
- Social Security Administration Guide: Alternate text for images Version 1.2
Explaining Accessible Technology
Build your Section 508 awareness by viewing this introductory video from the federal department of Health and Human Services.
- IT Accessibility for the State of Minnesota (MnIT) Adopted 9/1/10
- Policies and Standards - Accessibility (MnIT)
- Enterprise Policy Directives (MnIT)
- The Access-IT Master Contract, (MnIT) includes accessibility training. This will allow agencies to more easily bring in the training resources they need.
If you have additional questions, contact the MIS web team. [email protected]
Minnesota state law requires state agencies to adhere to federal standards for accessible documents and web sites.
The goal of the Accessibility Standard is to improve the accessibility and usability of information technology products and services for all government end-users in the State of Minnesota. The standard incorporates the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Effective January 1, 2013 there is a supplemental provision that can make agencies financially liable for inaccessible records and other documents modified or produced after that date.