Develop, Test, Deploy: Accessible Email and Document Templates for an entire State

Develop, Test, Deploy: Accessible Email and Document Templates for an entire State

Live Broadcast Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Speaker(s): Jay Wyant, Chief Information Accessibility Officer, State of Minnesota IT Services; Kim Wee, Webmaster and Digital Accessibility Coordinator, MNIT partnering with Department of Education; and Jennie Delisi, Accessibility Analyst, State of Minnesota IT Services
Target Audience: Digital accessibility professionals, communications professionals (e.g. designers, those involved in branding, template creators)
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

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The rebranding of the State of Minnesota provided an opportunity to increase the digital accessibility of emails, Word documents, and PowerPoints created by employees. Representatives will discuss the process used to design and distribute accessible email signatures and document templates to over 70 agencies and 35,000 employees. The presentation will includes strategies on the design, testing, and development of the templates. The group will also do a brief deep-dive into the technical aspects of deploying these templates across multiple agencies and Active Directories.


  • Participants will be able to list the types of roles/job titles needed to be involved in a large-scale template roll out for Microsoft email signatures, Word, and PowerPoint templates. 
  • Participants will be able to identify 4 important aspects of digital accessibility testing of Microsoft email signatures, Word, and PowerPoint templates.
  • Participants will be able to describe the impact of deploying accessible templates at the State of Minnesota.

Speaker Bios:

Jay Wyant is Minnesota's first Chief Information Accessibility Officer, or CIAO! He leads the Office of Accessibility which works with Minnesota state agencies to develop policies and implement processes and best practices that helps ensure that digital government operations and services are accessible and usable for all.

Kim Wee is the Digital Accessibility Coordinator and Webmaster for Minnesota IT Services partnering with Education and is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA). She has over 20 years of web experience in design, development, and administration with a focus on web accessibility.

Jennie Delisi is the Accessibility Analyst in the State of Minnesota’s Office of Accessibility and is an invited expert on the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force of the W3C. Jennie has over 20 years of experience working with and for people with disabilities, including positions as a Neurologic Music Therapist and an Assistive Technology Specialist. She is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA), speaks locally and nationally about digital accessibility, and is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals’ Competencies Development and Recommendation Committee. Her goal: more inclusive digital experiences for all, and helping you learn your next step to make this happen.

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