What Does the IITAA Require?
The IITAA requires that all information technology developed, purchased, or provided by the State of Illinois is accessible to individuals with disabilities. In practice, this means that information technology must meet technical standards that are designed to ensure compatibility with assistive technologies and accessibility techniques. The specific technical standards used for the IITAA are posted at:
Where Did the Standards Come From?
The IITAA Standards are based on the Federal Section 508 Standards, the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and the Illinois Web Accessibility Standards, which they replace. They are designed to "harmonize" (align) with the federal and international standards.
What Technologies Are Covered?
Similar to Section 508, the IITAA covers "information and communication technology" (ICT), including:
- computers and peripherals
- information kiosks
- telecommunications equipment
- multifunction office machines
- software & applications
- web sites, electronic documents & videos
Who Has to Comply?
The IITAA applies to all State of Illinois entities, including:
- executive, legislative, and judicial branches
- agencies, departments, divisions, etc.
- constitutional offices
- public universities
It does not apply to local governments, school districts, community colleges, or private organizations.
When Does It Go into Effect?
The law was effective when it was signed on August 20, 2007, but the State had six months to develop the technical standards and six months to complete the process of incorporating the standards into their procurement and development procedures. As of August 20, 2008, the IITAA Standards apply to all new information technology purchased or developed by the State.
The updated IITAA 2.0 Standards were published on July 18, 2017, and go into effect on January 18, 2018.
Does It Apply to Existing Systems?
The IITAA's requirements apply to all information technology purchased, developed, or substantially modified by the State after the standards go into effect. The IITAA does not require the State to make previously existing systems accessible unless those systems are substantially modified.
Who Can I Contact for Information or Assistance?
- Illinois Department of Human Services - The IITAA directed DHS to take the lead in developing the accessibility standards, and DHS' Rehabilitation Technology Section is available to provide information and technical assistance. Please email questions and/or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Illinois Assistive Technology Program - IATP is a not-for-profit organization that provides information and assistance regarding assistive technologies and accessibility, including a demonstration center and loan program.