Four Tips for Regulatory Agencies to Use GenAI to Improve Digital Accessibility

A new paper from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers gives state agencies ideas for how to use GenAI to support people with disabilities—both in the workforce and the public. Revolutionizing Assistance: How States Can Improve Generative AI’s Role in Disability Empowerment points out the relevancy of the report, noting the Justice Department’s recent final rule that details the rules states must follow to ensure accessible webpages and mobile apps.  The four things for state governments to consider when implementing AI tools include confronting and navigating AI limitations.

Ga. Lawmakers Address Professional Licensing Issues

A panel of Georgia state lawmakers plans to investigate issues within the Secretary of State’s Division of Professional Licensing Board. The Joint Blue Ribbon Committee Investigating Licensing Issues plans to meet to review and remedy “licensing glitches, costs and the amount of time it takes to process and review applications,” according to the Georgia Recorder on July 3. The licensing division director Gabriel Sterling says outdated technology and laws helped contribute to the licensing backlog.

Iowa Licensing Boards Close Access to Health Professional Misconduct Information

Iowa will not always disclose to the public the reason for disciplinary charges against licensed professionals, like physicians and nurses. “The determining factor appears to be whether the state’s licensing boards choose to include the allegations within the text of a final order in a disciplinary case. If a board opts to omit those allegations from the final order, the public may never know what gave rise to the charges,” according to Little Village on July 8.  In October 2021, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that facts and circumstances related to disciplinary actions against licensed professionals must stay confidential until the board issues their final rulings on the matter.

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