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Rescheduled due to the weather to MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015
TITLE:  Accessible Electronic Documents: Authoring Guide for Making an Accessible Document in MS Word 2010 
TIME:  Monday, February 2, 2015 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern Time
If you had previously registered for the webinar on the original date of January 27, 2015, your registration is still current.  You will receive a notice from the Great Lakes ADA Center confirming your registration. 
SUMMARY:  This session of the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar series follows on from the earlier webinar in this series on Accessible Communities of Practice (COP).   
See:   (January 28, 2014).   
This webinar focuses on the work of a single community of practice, the Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED COP).  The AED COP drafted and submitted the “Harmonized Processes for Section 508 Testing: Baseline Tests for Accessible Electronic Documents—MS Word 2010” as a best practice to the Best Practices subcommittee of the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIOC.  This best practice will establish the minimum steps required to determine whether an electronic document produced in Microsoft Office Word 2010 passes or fails Section 508 requirements.  The tests have been agreed upon as part of an effort to provide a unified approach for Section 508 testing across government, to increase consistency and to build confidence in test results shared between agencies.
The AED COP is creating additional resources for use by experienced 508 testers as well as document authors with little to no 508 experience. All resources are based on the agreed upon tests. This webinar will review the “DRAFT Authoring Guide for Making An Accessible Document in MS Word 2010.”
This live demonstration will show participants how to:
•Author Accessible Word 2010 Documents
•Identify Inaccessible Content
•Identify Accessible Content
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  This training is geared for government employees and everyone who creates accessible documents. 
Holly Anderson, Policy Liaison for Individuals with Disabilities, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Crystal Jones, Management and Program Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Education
MODERATOR:  Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
Today’s session is eligible for attendance credits from the Great Lakes ADA Center.    For further information on how to obtain those credits, please review the information provided at registration.
To Register: 
On-line registration is available at
Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session.
Co-sponsored by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council and the U. S. Access Board. 
About the Webinar Platform:  The session will be delivered using the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System.   Closed Captioning and Video Interpreter will be available via the webinar platform.   Audio and visuals for this session will be presented through the webinar platform.   Individuals may also choose to access the audio via telephone.  A non-toll free telephone number will be provided.  Individuals will be responsible for any long distance fees associated with participation via telephone.
The Blackboard Web Conferencing System is compatible with Windows and Mac Operating Systems.  It supports Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome web browsers.   Specific requirements for the system can be found at:
First Time Blackboard Collaborate Users:  We recommend that you prepare your technology prior to the session.  Depending on your organizational policies you may need the assistance of your IT Staff if firewalls prevent you from downloading files.   If you plan to log into the on-line webinar system to view the presentation, listen to audio, access captioning and Video Sign Language Interpreter and/or submit questions it is important that you follow the instructions for checking your computer system to ensure that it is configured correctly and you have the necessary software to access the webinar platform.
Step 1:  Visit  and under the First Time Users option choose “Blackboard Web Conferencing”.
Step 2:  Verify that you have the correct software version installed on your system.
Step 3:  Use the available configuration room to check your audio settings.
We STRONGLY recommend you do this well in advance of the session to allow for any necessary troubleshooting.
Note:  Individuals who are using Screen Reader Software should review the instructions and information available on-line at:
Questions regarding the technology utilized for this program should be directed to or at 877-232-1990<tel:877-232-1990> (V/TTY)

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Announcing the Beta Version of

We are excited to announce the new redesigned website. This site is currently a Beta version and will be undergoing more usability and accessibility testing in the coming months. Please review the site and contents as we welcome your feedback. Continue to read "Announcing the Beta Version of"

New Video & Multimedia Accessibility Guide

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What do Federal Government Executives need to know about Section 508?

What do Federal Government Executives need to know about Section 508?

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is a Federal procurement law that requires any EIT products or services that are “developed, procured, maintained, or used” by the Federal Government be accessible to persons with disabilities... What can happen if you don’t comply with Section 508?

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The BuyAccessible Wizard

The BuyAccessible Wizard (BAW) and Vendor Accessibility Resource Center (VARC) are designed for GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS,   PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT OFFICIALS

Check out Quick Links by visiting and selecting "Quick Links".

Use the BuyAccessible Wizard to:

  • Conduct your market research on accessible Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products and services
  • Meet your 508 requirements to acquire accessible products and services.

Vendors! Use the Vendor Accessibility Resource Center (VARC) to:

  • Advertise your accessible EIT products and services to government buyers.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT):

  • This link goes to the which maintains the VPAT (the VPAT is not a government form).
  • Vendors can self-report and document their products' 508 conformance by filling out the VPAT.
  • Federal Government purchasers can use the VPAT for their Section 508 Market Research.
  • Federal Government purchasers and contracting officials can then evaluate a vendor's report of a product's accessibility against the Section 508 standards.

BuyAccessible Training:

  • Training for buyers and sellers.
  • Access the BuyAccessible glossary.

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CIOC Software Development Life Cycle Guidance

CIOC Accessibility Statement Best Practices

In order to assist in the authoring of each Agency’s Accessibility statement, the CIOC Accessibility Committee has provided an Accessibility Statement Checklist and example statement as reference:

The BuyAccessible Wizard

The website is intended to be a source for a variety of Federal government stakeholders to easily find guidance, tools, and resources to help with their Section 508 due diligence for EIT procurements. Some examples of things you will find on the new website are:

  • Tools and guidance to include: The BuyAccessible Wizard, the Quick Links, the Quick Reference Guide, and the BuyAccessible Glossary
  • Tabs at the top of the screen guiding you to Stakeholder driven pages for information on roles and responsibilities (e.g. Buyer, Coordinator, Contracting, Executive, Developer/Tester, and IT Vendor)
  • Activity driven guidance, tools, and resources for Section 508 related tasks in the “What would you like to do today?” section on the left of the screen (e.g. Determine how Section 508 applies, Develop Solicitation Language, Conduct Market Research, Conduct a Micro-Purchase, Review Solicitation Assessment Data , etc).
  • The Section 508 blog – A place where you can discuss Section 508 related topics with your peers.
  • The Vendor Accessibility Resource Center (VARC) – an alphabetical listing of EIT company websites with links to their products or services accessibility information.
  • Information on GSA’s Section 508 Solicitation Assessments and the Evaluation Scenarios Accessibility Policies and Governance

Policies and Governance:


CIO Council Accessibility Technical Guidance

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