Public Access

State Government

E-Government
Minnesota’s Assistive Technology Act Program: visit Minnesota STAR Program for information about Accessibility and Usability of E-Government Services

E-Government: Accessibility Problems/Compliments
Having accessibility or usability problems with any Minnesota state government Web site or software? Or have you used a state Web site or software that works especially well for people with disabilities? We want to hear about your experiences. Visit the Minnesota E-Government Accessibility/Usability Compliments and Concerns Line

The Legislature and State Capitol Building
Access to Minnesota’s State Capitol and services is the responsibility of the Legislative Coordinating Commission which has done a phenomenal job in system improvements this past year.

For information on accessibility options (Interpreters, CART, ALDs, Closed Captioning…) while engaging with the legislature, meeting with your district representatives, or simply visiting the State Capitol building click here

For information on Minnesota State Legislature Website accessibility features click here

Transportation

Airports & Airlines
Thanks to MCDHH advocacy efforts and continued work with the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC), the MSP Airport is now an example of what can be done to make airports accessible to travellers who are deaf and hard of hearing. After MCDHH approached MAC and told them that they were not in compliance with state and federal laws requiring access, MAC and MSP Airport staff vowed to make MSP Airport a leader in providing access to deaf and hard of hearing travellers. In their pursuit of this goal, they found out that the changes they made to benefit deaf and hard of hearing travelers, truly benefitted everyone. Today business travellers talking on cellphones also benefit from visual paging, text alternatives of loudspeaker announcements at the airport, as well as deaf and hard of hearing travellers. To learn more visit the MSP Airport webpage. Our thanks to the MSP Board and Steve Wareham for their leadership in this issue.

Public Buildings & Venues

Stadiums & Convention Centers
The rumors are true. Target TWINS Stadium and University of Minnesota Gopher’s Stadium are accessible! Thanks to the work of DHS-Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services staff, like Mary Bauer, along with representatives from other Minnesota disability groups who worked on an advisory team to get the job done.