GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Announcing Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: “Assistive Technology and 508”

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

What is assistive technology (A.T.)? How is it used? How do different agencies provide it? What trends exist in the federal government regarding A.T. usage? What are future trends likely to be? What are some common workarounds when A.T. and regular I.T. don’t interact well?
This webinar will be useful whether you really aren’t sure what assistive technology is or you would like to learn more about different approaches to managing requests for assistive technology within the federal government. For many employees with disabilities and members of the public, assistive technology is a key ingredient to accessibility of technology. Yet many of the Section 508 practitioners within the federal government don’t have the opportunity to interact with assistive technologies or to learn how they make a difference. This webinar will focus on this very relevant topic. These panelists will discuss how their agencies use Assistive Technology, what barriers they have faced in obtaining and using AT and how to approach work arounds.
The recommended audience is Chief Information Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Agency Policy-Makers and 508 practitioners.

Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
Mark Rew, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
Terry Triggs, Front Line Manager, 508 Customer Support, IRS
3rd panelist: TBD
Moderator: Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS

To Register:
On-line registration is available at
Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session.

Co-sponsored by the Accessibility Committee of the CIO Council, the U. S. Access Board, and eFedLink/ODEP

About the Webinar Platform: The session will be delivered using the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System. Closed Captioning and Video Interpreter will be available via the webinar platform. Audio and visuals for this session will be presented through the webinar platform. Individuals may also choose to access the audio via telephone. A non-toll free telephone number will be provided. Individuals will be responsible for any long distance fees associated with participation via telephone.
The Blackboard Web Conferencing System is compatible with Windows and Mac Operating Systems. It supports Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome web browsers. Specific requirements for the system can be found at:

First Time Blackboard Collaborate Users: We recommend that you prepare your technology prior to the session. Depending on your organizational policies you may need the assistance of your IT Staff if firewalls prevent you from downloading files. If you plan to log into the on-line webinar system to view the presentation, listen to audio, access captioning and Video Sign Language Interpreter and/or submit questions it is important that you follow the instructions for checking your computer system to ensure that it is configured correctly and you have the necessary software to access the webinar platform.

Step 1: Visit and under the First Time Users option choose “Blackboard Web Conferencing”.

Step 2: Verify that you have the correct software version installed on your system.

Step 3: Use the available configuration room to check your audio settings.

We STRONGLY recommend you do this well in advance of the session to allow for any necessary troubleshooting.

Note: Individuals who are using Screen Reader Software should review the instructions and information available on-line at:

Questions regarding the technology utilized for this program should be directed to or at 877-232-1990 (V/TTY)