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The site to register for the SECTION 508 BEST PRACTICES WEBINAR of the CIOC Accessibility Community of Practice is now open! This is the latest “best practices” document from the “Document Accessibility Community of Practice subcommittee.”

TITLE: Accessible Electronic Documents: Section 508 Basic Testing Guide for Making an Accessible PDF (Portable Document Format)

TIME: September 29, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

On August 17 we wrote a post, “508 Facepalms or Opportunities?” listing some of the questions and comments you may have heard about Section 508. So how do you answer those questions? This is the first of a series of blog posts to help you.

Do you have a question or concern about how Section 508 is being implemented in your agency? The first thing to do is to contact your agency’s Section 508 Coordinator. A complete listing of Section 508 IT Coordinators is available at

Are you planning an event? Check out this page to learn how to host Accessible Events and Conferences. The page references expert guidelines, including Federal standards, for planning and hosting accessible events which are fully inclusive.

If you have additional suggestion for resources to add, please contact us.

The Standard and the Law - Sep 01 , 2015

After fielding questions about the difference between the standard and the law during almost every training and event, we asked the expert, David Baquis of the U.S Access Board, to describe the difference for us.


2015 Section 508 Interagency Accessibility Forum

For Federal Employees and Contractors
When: October 20th, 2015
Time: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Location: U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE.

Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies for a robust and interactive conference focused on Section 508 Technology Accessibility and Inclusion.

Helen Chamberlain, Governmentwide Section 508 Training & Outreach Director, General Services Administration

On August 18, 2015 ​at the National Science Foundation in Arlington Virginia, GSA's Governmentwide Section 508 Program hosted one of a series of six annual ​Section 508 ​community events. The August event focused on Mobile, Social Media, and Google accessibility.

While those of us who work in Section 508 understand the importance and scope of the role it plays, those who don’t may need a little help to understand. Sometimes you will get questions and comments that make you want to put your face in your hands and cry. Instead, we recommend that you take a deep breath and use it as an opportunity to spread understanding of Section 508. Here are “508 facepalms” that have been shared with us.

This time of year, many government acquisitions professionals are rushing to do procurements. Did you know about the Quick Links that provide quick and easy pre-packaged Section 508 solicitation documentation for a number of standard EIT deliverables? These links identify typical applicable Section 508 provisions to help agencies in generating Government Product/Service Accessibility Templates (GPATs) and vendors responding with Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs).

The CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice has updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Agency Section 508 reporting to OMB. [docx] OMB Section 508 reporting is required for all CFO Act agencies and recommended for all federal agencies. The next reports are due August 30, 2015. Learn more about agency responsibility for Section 508 monitoring and reporting.