STANDARDS BIT has established standard practices for development, processing and services
  • Rules and regulations are essential to any well managed organization. Standards are valuable to our clients because of the cost savings, faster support and reliable technology infrastructure. They serve to establish uniform practices and common techniques used as guidelines to measure performance.

    For example, with one standard email system, a small number of administrators can maintain a system supporting all of state government. If the state had two email systems, the number of administrators and support staff would double with no corresponding benefit in functionality. The same principle applies to system designs, writing programs and setting up operations in a data processing center. All of which require certain individual skills, standard policies, procedures and equipment.

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  • Vendors who are actively pursuing IT business opportunities with the State of South Dakota must also comply with the Information Technology Security Policy. For security purposes, this content is not for public consumption, however a modified version is available for you here.
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  • Development >
    Analysis, design, programming, implementation and maintenance of the state’s information systems.
  • Data Center >
    Provides enterprise computer processing services for state government agencies, higher education, constitutional offices and the Unified Judicial System (UJS)..
  • Telecommunications >
    Provides all support for hardware/software, Active Directory accounts required for access to network, telephone access, videoconferencing, and more.


Standards List: Adaptive Technology

Screen Reader
The Department of Human Services has made a Statement of Assurance to provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless undue hardship would result.

  • BIT will set standards for assistive devices
  • Telecommunications will set standards for the support of devices.
  • Bureau of Personnel will set standards for training employees with disabilities in the use of standard devices.

This technology will be applied to individual computers as new technology. This technology will be available to all employees requiring assistive technology.

Job Access with Speech (JAWS)
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) provides speech output technology for Windows® 7 SP1, 8.1 and 10 operating systems to provide access to today’s most popular software applications and with the Internet. JAWS uses an integrated voice synthesizer and the user’s computer sound card to speak information from what appears on the screen. JAWS can also display this information in Braille when used with refreshable Braille displays. JAWS provides access to a wide variety of information, education, and job related applications.

JAWS supports the following types of applications:
  • Email programs
  • Word processors
  • Spreadsheets
  • Web browsers
  • Project management and research tools
  • Contact management software
  • Presentation software
  • Web development tools
  • Software development tools
  • Database management software
  • Sound editing software

JAWS for Windows supports most standard Windows® applications, with enhanced functionality for applications used at home, in school, and in business environments. JAWS assists users to read complex web pages and has special Internet features, such as links lists, frames lists, easy access to forms, and logical reading of HTML tables.

JAWS is easily customized to user preference and needs, allowing for adjustment of voice pitch, rate and typing echo. The user can specify how much screen information is spoken.

Full product information can be found at FreedomScientific.com.

  • Talking installation – fast and easy
  • Two multi-lingual speech synthesizers - Eloquence™ and Vocalizer Expressive
  • DAISY-formatted basic training in text and audio
  • Supports MathML content form MathJax presented in Internet Explorer
System Requirements:
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 1.5 GHz Processor minimum
  • 4 GB recommended
  • 1 GB free drive space
  • Video adapter capable of 1024x768 32-bit color recommended
  • Windows compatible sound card

Last Updated: 01/24/2019
Last Reviewed: 07/30/2020