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The Justice Department announced today that it has entered a landmark consent decree with H&R Block in National Federation of the Blind, et al. and United States v. HRB Digital LLC, et al. The decree resolves the Department’s first ADA lawsuit centered on the accessibility of corporate websites and mobile applications. Under the decree, H&R Block will make its website, tax filing utility, and mobile applications conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to the Level AA Success Criteria, will pay damages to the two named plaintiffs, and pay a civil penalty. H&R Block will also take a number of steps to maintain the accessibility of www.hrblock.com and its mobile apps with WCAG 2.0 AA, including adopting a policy, training employees and ensuring accountability, conducting regular automated and user testing, and regular reporting.
Please fell free to write NTAP into your grant as a palce to share Best Pratices from your grant. 2014 TIG LOI Webinar
For 2014, LSC has an appropriation of $3.45 million to fund technology projects across the legal services community. This year’s TIG areas of interest align closely with the key initiatives identified in LSC’s Summit on the Use of Technology to Expand Access to Justice. Applications for a wide variety of projects are welcome. Programs need not limit their proposals to the above topics. Any initiative that makes innovative use of technology to enhance client self-help or otherwise improve the legal services delivery system will be considered. The deadline for submission of TIG letters of intent is March 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Great idea! Using video games to teach law. This could have a large impact on legal literacy. I myself lerned a lot about how code, both legal (statutes) and technological code by playing games. Combining learning the law and learning gaming seems like a natural fit. The Game is being crowd funded on Rocket Hub @ Game for Legal Services -Time Travel! An Estate Quest! Learn Law By Gaming!
Please help us create one of the first games for legal services. We believe games can empower and educate the public to know their legal rights. Your funding will help us explore the ability to do this with basic estate planning concepts. Help us build a fun, new path to increase access to the law. Funds will be used to build out four additional levels of the game, playtest, refine, and provide to the public to play for free.
- Solve mysteries!
- Travel through time with a Time Machine!
- Learn the basics of estate planning!
- Connect with real-world resources that may be used to protect your friends and family!
The player is a detective presented with different case files about individuals who failed to prepare estate planning for their families before their death. The player uses a time machine to time travel to different dates showing scenes in the case. Each scene is interactive with animated elements and clues for the player to discover. The clues reveal what should have been written into an estate plan to prevent the negative consequences.
Through game play, the player uses the time machine and the clues to uncover the mystery and to create a more positive outcome for the family. In the process, the player learns basic estate planning concepts and connects with real-word resources that may be used to create estate planning to protect his or her family. Facebook and Twitter connections to the game allow the player to share progress and engage with their friends and family about end of life planning. "Rewards" for completing the game in later versions will include free or discounted legal services pertaining to estate planning. This game will be mobile, cross-platform and free to play.
Examples of basic estate planning concepts used in the game: 1) Naming a guardian for your children, 2) Providing specific bequests, 3) Setting up testamentary trusts for children, 4) Naming an executor, 5) Providing for your pets, etc.
This is a game for social good intended to educate the public in a fun, social way about their legal rights as they relate to estate planning. It is not intended to provide legal advice or substitute for the advice of a licensed lawyer.
Click Here to Play the Prototype of Level One!
The Legal Services National Technology Project (NTAP) is housed at the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle and serves a nationwide audience of legal aid organizations. NTAP helps nonprofit legal aid programs improve client services through the effective and innovative use of technology. To do this, we provide technology trainings, maintain information, create online tools, and host community forums such as the LStech email list and a YouTube channel.
NTAP is responsible for providing the community with at least 10 webinars in 2014. NTAP is requesting proposals from interested vendors to host one or more structured online interactive web based trainings or webinars. These Webinars should cover topics, both cutting edge and in use currently, that will enhance the legal services community’s use of technology. The webinars should be 60 to 90 minutes in length with at least 15% of the time left for open questions and answers from the attendees.
Webinars can be presented using NTAP’s Join.me account or other on-line conferencing software. These webinars are free to the attendees.
NTAP is open to proposals that incorporate new ideas and technologies. Recordings of past webinar series can be found at our YouTube Channel: youtube.com/NTAPvideos Do not let the past limit the proposals though.
Legal Aid professionals including: lawyers, paralegals, executive directors, support staff and technology staff
1) Screencast: The online training must be recorded by the vendor for long term archival and use by the community. It must be done in a format that is easily transferable to YouTube or other publicly available video sharing sites.
2) Materials: Vendor is responsible for collecting course materials and slides from all speakers and providing them to NTAP to be posted online 1 week before the Webinar.
3) Survey: After each training, vendor will work with NTAP on a short survey to judge the communities reaction to the webinar and gather feedback on how to improve future trainings. (NTPA will conduct the survey using survey Monkey)
4) Licensing: All training content must be eligible for an open license, like a Creative Commons By Licenses, that allows the community to reuse and build upon the resources created from this project
5) Final Reporting: Each vendor must submit a short report, less than 5 pages, on how the trainings performed. NTAP will conduct surveys after each training and share the results with vendors.
Topics may include:
- Online Intake
- Expert Systems
- Disaster preparedness and Backups
- Free Tech/legal Resources
- Tech Tips
- Github & online sharing
- Video production & Sharelaw Video
- Business Analytics for Legal Services
- Usability and Accessibility
- Limited English Proficiency (LEP) & Technology
- Translation Tools
- Case Management Systems
- Mobile Apps for Legal Services
- Data Visualization
- Basic Tech trainings in core technologies (office, google, ect)
- RSS for advocates
- Business Process analysis
- Social Media use in Legal Services
- Privacy & Security
We are looking for new applicable topics that will aid legal services offices, improve their technology infrastructure, as well as client services. Feel free to propose topics beyond this list.
Required Proposal Format
The proposal must contain a (1) a cost section (2) a technical section and (3) an experience section (4) references
Vendor must provide a budget with cost possession. NTAP has a limited budget and must host at least 10 trainings this year.
Please specify the number of trainings you are interesting in developing and presenting. All webinars must be presented during 2014.
Request for References
Vendor must include contact information for at least two references for similar work
February 15th 2014
Submit Proposal To:
Via Email to BrianR@Nwjustice.org
National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator
For Additional Information or Clarification, Contact:
National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator
Basis for Award of Contract
Cost, feature offered, and past experience
February 23, 2014