(a) On or before the first day of September, two thousand one, the purchasing division
of the department of administration shall develop nonvisual access standards for information
technology systems employed by state agencies that:
(1) Provide blind or visually impaired individuals with access to information stored
electronically by state agencies by ensuring compatibility with adaptive technology
systems so that blind and visually impaired individuals have full and equal access
when needed; and
(2) Are designed to present information, including prompts used for interactive communications,
in formats intended for both visual and nonvisual use, such as the use of text-only
(b) The purchasing division shall consult with state agencies and representatives
of individuals who are blind or visually impaired in developing the nonvisual access
standards described in subsection (a) of this section and the procurement criteria
described in section four of this article.
(c) The head of each state agency shall establish a written plan and develop any proposed
budget requests for implementing the nonvisual access standards for its agency at
facilities accessible by the public.
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