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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.

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. 

On December 6, 2016, Accessibility Program Managers from the Microsoft Engineering Team facilitated an all-day training event for Federal Section 508 Program Managers, to showcase accessibility features in Microsoft products. Acknowledging that accessibility impacts everyone, Microsoft shared their journey of “embracing accessibility by design.”

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The CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (ACOP) held a pilot workshop to discuss the Technology Accessibility Playbook and help federal agencies create their own Section 508 program action plan. Section 508 Program Managers, Web Designers, Procurement Specialists, and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Specialists from multiple federal agencies attended this unique event.

August 8, 2016, marks the 18th anniversary of the amendment to the Section 508 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which covers access to information technology in the federal sector. To recognize the importance of IT accessibility, we wanted to highlight some agency initiatives to improve accessibility across the federal landscape. Read more...

The Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (CIOC ACOP) is proud to announce the release of the Technology Accessibility Playbook. The purpose of this resource is to provide guidance on what is needed to build and manage effective Section 508 Programs. The intended audience is US Government CIO and CAO offices, and Agency Section 508 Program Managers (aka Section 508 Coordinators).

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