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Section 508 Transition Activities Update - Jun 29 , 2017
Here are some updates on the Section 508 Transition Activities underway to centralize guidance, avoid duplication, and streamline the transition to the revised standards. The Access Board, the ACoP, GSA’s Government-wide Section 508 Team, and many of you who are working to help make this transition happen as smoothly as possible.
The Policy and LifeCycle Subgroup is preparing guidance to help agencies update their Section 508/Accessibility policy to reflect the new regulations. Topics include:
Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017 - May 18 , 2017
The Government-wide Section 508 Program at GSA is pleased to recognize Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) today, May 18th. For many of us in the accessibility community, we celebrate the mission of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities in both our lives and work.
e-Recruiting and Accessibility - May 09 , 2017
In today’s competitive job market, it’s important to recruit from a large and strong candidate pool. The GSA Government-wide IT Accessibility Program would like to call to your attention the work of the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). PEAT helps employers find and recruit the best talent by using accessible e-Recruiting. PEAT, a part of the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, promotes the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities.
Learn About the Section 508 Transition Support Initiative - May 04 , 2017
The General Services Administration, the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (ACoP), and the US Access Board have teamed up to guide federal agencies through implementing the New 508 Standards consistently across government.
Benefits of Accessible Design - May 04 , 2017
According to the World Bank, approximately one billion people worldwide live with a disability, making up the world's largest minority. Designing from an accessibility-first standpoint has the potential to benefit all stakeholders, not just people with disabilities, because accessible design typically delivers a better user experience.
Microsoft Enhances Tests for Accessibility - Mar 13 , 2017
Section 508’s Coordinators are often asked about ways to test technology for accessibility. Over the last year, Microsoft has worked to make this easier for its customers. In particular, they have focused on making trustworthy technology for all employees and customers while also equipping them with information that will help them understand and validate product accessibility.
W3C’s Web Accessibility Perspectives Videos - Mar 09 , 2017
Technology Accessibility Playbook Workshop - January 2017 - Feb 07 , 2017
On January 25-26, 2017, the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (ACOP) hosted a workshop on the Technology Accessibility Playbook, which helps federal agencies create mature Section 508 programs. Thirty participants from 16 federal agencies attended the workshop, including Section 508 Program Managers, Developers and Procurement Specialists.
New Section 508 Rule: Transition Assistance is Coming - Jan 10 , 2017
The United States Access Board has refreshed Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The General Services Administration's Government-wide Section 508 Program, along with the Access Board, and the Accessibility Community of Practice, will guide agencies through the transition with training, tools, and communication resources.
Source: Tim Cregan (Access Board)
January 9, 2017
The Access Board today released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.