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

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series
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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New Video & Multimedia Accessibility Guide
Social media sites, such as YouTube and Facebook, have made the distribution of online video a thriving industry, and video has revolutionized the online learning world. With online video so embedded (pun intended) in our lives, it makes perfect sense for government agencies to use video to engage its citizens. But the U.S. federal government is mandated to deliver information and services in a way that is accessible to all federal employees and U.S. citizens – 17% percent of whom have a disability that impacts computer use.

We’re excited to announce a new resource to help government new media workers meet these accessibility mandates. The Video and Multimedia Accessibility Guide, which covers captioning, audio-description, and accessible multimedia players, is available on This new guide provides practical information for creating accessible videos and using accessible video players.
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The BuyAccessible Wizard

The BuyAccessible System has three components, all made available to any agency at no cost to help with the quick, easy, and efficient implementation of all Section 508 standards.

  1. The BuyAccessible Wizard(, which can help you when purchasing Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products and services to determine if Section 508 applies to your purchase or to find accessibility information. The BuyAccessible Wizard can help with your market research— and even has tools to write your solicitation language.
  2. Quick-Links (, which are pre-packaged Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) and Solicitation language for a number of standard EIT deliverables. Users can select their deliverable from the drop down list to download the GPAT and solicitation language.
  3. The Vendor Accessibility Resource Center (VARC at a comprehensive listing of Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) vendors with URLs to their company accessibility information or VPATS to help you with your market research. The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) the most common format vendors can use to describe how their products and services conform to the EIT accessibility standard. The VPAT is a form created by industry and can be requested as part of a solicitation making it mandatory for the vendor to submit with their bid.

Some features:

  • Training for Buyers
  • Training for Sellers
  • BuyAccessible Glossary
  • Acquisition Central
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • and much more!

Breaking News: is currently down for maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience, however the Wizard tool is up and can be accessed directly via

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