The MaineIT Accessibility Team is committed to ensuring the accessibility of the State of Maine's digital content. This is in-line with the State of Maine's commitment to making digital information and services accessible to individuals with disabilities. Although our work is now starting to extend to other areas, historically our primary focus has been on the accessibility of application systems built, procured, or provided by the State of Maine.
Our work is done in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA conformance requirements, and with the revised Section 508 Standards. Our two-person team's area of focus includes the following:
- Evaluating State of Maine digital information and services for accessibility compliance with industry standard technical aspects
- Providing accessibility guidance, information, and resources to MaineIT and agency personnel
- Establishing, maintaining, and adhering to digital accessibility testing guidelines
- Running applicable tests on digital information and services, to confirm compliance with the State of Maine's Digital Accessibility Policy
- Evaluating vendor-provided accessibility materials (test results, completed Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs), etc.) for accessibility compliance with industry standard technical aspects
- Scanning State of Maine websites for accessibility issues and providing scan results to designated agency personnel
- Providing guidance and serving as a subject matter expert to the Chief Information Officer regarding digital accessibility
- Working with vendors to provide insight into testing results and any testing discrepancies
Digital Accessibility Information
All information on this site is to promote a better user experience for State of Maine customers and employees and does not constitute an endorsement or legal advice.
- Accessibility Statement
- Digital Accessibility Policy (PDF)
- Digital Accessibility Resources
- Digital Accessibility Strategic Plan (PDF)
- Digital Accessibility Testing Guidelines
- Information Technology Accessibility Committee (ITAC)
- State of Maine Accessibility Guide
- State employees can find more information on our SharePoint site.
Future and In-progress Work
Note: The links in this section are external to Maine.gov.
- Reincorporate usability testing as part of our testing process.
- Incorporate the new success criteria from WCAG 2.1.
- Incorporate PDF/UA as an additional requirement for PDFs.
- Increasing the accessibility and usability of State of Maine IT.
- Develop a training program for MaineIT staff.
- Promote the use of Universal Design Principles in state government.
- Promote the use of Inclusive Design in state government.
- Review our IT procurement process to ensure our vendors are aware of accessibility requirements.
- Encourage the use of VPAT 2.x and PDAA as a requirement of ICT proposals. See the State of Minnesota's IT Procurement overview for more information on PDAA.
If you are having a difficult time interacting with an electronic device, that device likely has settings that can provide you with a better experience. Accessibility is not just for those that have a documented disability. Examples: Having a web page being read by a screen reader when the screen doesn't zoom properly, or watching a news video and having captions and audio descriptions when you are in a public place and can't have the volume on.
Note: All of the links below are external to Maine.gov.
- iPad Accessibilty Features
- iPad features for blind and low vision
- iPad features for deaf and hard of hearing
- iPad features for learning and literacy
- iPad features for physical and motor skills
- iPhone Accessibilty Features
- iPhone features for blind and low vision
- iPhone features for deaf and hard of hearing
- iPhone features for learning and literacy
- iPhone features for physical and motor skills
- Windows 10 Accessibility Features
- Make Windows easier to see
- Hear text read aloud with Narrator
- Distinguish colors easily
Digital Accessibility Feedback Form
We want to hear about your State of Maine digital accessibility experiences! Please use the form below to share your digital accessibility feedback with us. This could be anything from a positive experience you've had, issues you've encountered, suggestions to make our site better, or general digital accessibility inquiries specific to the State of Maine.
When you complete the form, only the comment field is required. Please be as specific as possible about your experience or inquiry and include any relevant URLs. If you would like someone to follow up with you, please also provide your name and an email address where you can be reached.
If you are not able to complete this form, may may email us instead. Thank you.