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If you are buying an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) product from the a reseller or distributor, most of the time they will tell you that they have no Section 508 information on the accessibility of that product and probably will not even know what Section 508 is. Remember, resellers are not responsible for Section 508 conformance of the products they sell. So, how do you get Section 508 conformance information to help you do your market research and make an informed decision? You will need to contact the equipment manufacturer directly for Section 508 information.

Did you know that there are resources such as checklists for creating accessible documents on BuyAccessible.gov?

What does your agency need to do to improve compliance with Section 508? We have a one-page document that summarizes what is needed. The 10 steps are:

We just updated the guidance document, "Guidance on Creating 508 Compliant IT Solicitations." In addition to your responsibilities to include applicable Section 508 requirements in your solicitations, you need to also make sure that your solicitations documents are fully accessible. This site has resources to help you Create Accessible Solicitation Documents.

Quick Links provide quick and easy pre-packaged Section 508 solicitation documentation for a number of standard Electronic and Information Technology (EIT)/Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deliverables. In addition to providing solicitation language, Quick Links provide a Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) that identifies applicable Section 508 provisions.

Quick Links provide quick and easy pre-packaged Section 508 solicitation documentation for a number of standard Electronic and Information Technology (EIT)/Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deliverables. In addition to providing solicitation language, Quick Links provide a Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) that identifies applicable Section 508 provisions.

TIME: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 1:00- 2:30 PM Eastern Time

We are excited to announce the new redesigned www.BuyAccessible.gov 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. Use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the screen to submit your comments and suggestions.

As a vendor, what do you do when a Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) is included in a solicitation? The GPAT identifies government accessibility requirements applicable Section 508 provisions to that acquisition. Here is what you need to do to respond.

The first section of the GPAT is a summary table of the government's accessibility requirements. It identifies the total number of applicable provisions, with notes that further explain these requirements. You need to wait to fill out this summary until after you fill out the rest of the GPAT.

The Training subcommittee of the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIOC announces webinar dates for 2014:

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series dates:
January 28, 2014
March 25, 2014
May 22, 2014
July 29, 2014
September 30, 2014
November 20, 2014

NOTE: Topics will be announced at a future date.

All webinars will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

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