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Sebelius Signs Order to Increase Accessibility to State Websites - Kansas Disability News

  • Synopsis: Published: 2008-12-22 (Rev. 2010-05-05) - Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed an executive order today increasing the accessibility of state websites. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Kansas Disability News.
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Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed an executive order today increasing the accessibility of state websites and other information technology systems to those with disabilities, making it easier for all Kansans to get the information regarding state services, programs, employment and opportunities.

"Kansas electronic and information technology systems are continually being updated in order to increase their accessibility to all Kansans," Sebelius said. "The modernization of our state's websites ensures that everyone has equal access to the beneficial information available online."

Executive Order 08-12 establishes the Kansas Partnership for Accessible Technology. The partnership will consist of up to 30 members and oversee the state's standards for updating and developing the technology necessary to ensure accessibility compliance. The group will serve as an advisory committee to the Information Technology Executive Council; provide recommendations; and develop training resources for proper implementation.

Governor Sebelius has appointed Duncan Friend, Topeka, as Chair of the Kansas Partnership for Accessible Technology. Friend serves as the Director of Enterprise Technology Initiatives for the Kansas Division of Information Systems and Communications. Martha Gabehart, Topeka, will serve as Vice-Chair of the partnership. Gabehart serves as the Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns.

In addition, the following individuals will serve on the Kansas Partnership for Accessible Technology:

Mike Branam, Kansas Department on Aging
Michael Donnelly, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
Nathan Eberline, League of Kansas Municipalities
Anthony Fadale, State Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator
Don Heiman, Kansas Legislative Branch
Jim Hollingsworth, Information Network of Kansas
Chris Howe, Kansas Department of Administration Division of Purchases
Tom Laughlin, Kansas Health Policy Authority
Chrissy Madden, Kan-ed
John Martello, Kansas State School for the Blind
Denise Moore, Kansas Executive Branch
Joe Oborny, Kansas School for the Deaf
Kelly O'Brien, Kansas Judicial Branch
Cole Robison, Statewide Web/Information Technology Accessibility Director
David Rosenthal, Kansas Relay Services, Inc.
Bill Roth, Chief Information Technology Architect
Melinda Stanley, Kansas State Department of Education
Natalie Davis, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Matt Veatch, State Archivist
Melissa Wangemann, Kansas Association of Counties
Ivan Weichert, State Geographic Information Systems Director

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