The Kentucky Assistive
Technology Services Network (KATS) helped to successfully pass an
"Information Technology" Bill through an amendment to SB 315,
a larger bill to create the Governor's Office of Technology.
amendment requires state and state-assisted entities to insure that
information technology equipment and software used by the entity provide
access to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and those who
are deaf or hard of hearing. The amendment requires technology access
clauses in contracts for the purchase of information technology;
requires the state Finance and Administration Cabinet to develop the
contractual language and non-visual access standards; establishes that
existing equipment when upgraded be brought into compliance and would
permit a person injured by a violation of access requirements to seek
injunctive relief. The bill with the amendment was signed by Kentucky's
Governor, Paul Patton.
bill is located at: