About IAAF 2021
The 2021 Interagency Accessibility Forum celebrated the 75th observance of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 20th anniversary of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act becoming enforceable.
Attendees of this year’s IAAF will hear presentations and panel discussions that will focus on accessibility as a foundation for inclusion, diversity, and equity within the federal government. In addition, the forum will include virtual exhibitions by accessibility consultants and IT companies with accessibility products and services that support those with disabilities.
The 2021 Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF) is sponsored by the Federal Chief Information Officer Council’s (Federal CIO Council) Accessibility Community of Practice (ACOP) and hosted by the Government-wide IT Accessibility Program from the Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP) of the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Merit Service Protection Board (MSPB), in partnership with other federal agencies.
What: 2021 Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF)
When: October 12-14, 2021, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Where: Virtual - Note that the event will be recorded for reuse
Who: There is something for everyone - acquisition officials, business analysts, project managers, developers, testers, content creators, Section 508 Program Managers, federal personnel and contractors interested in accessibility, and members of agency management and leadership.
This year’s IAAF will be three, half-day sessions each with featured speakers, keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and discussions led by those on the forefront of accessibility in the federal, private, academic, international, and nonprofit sectors.
We’re working to finalize the schedule of events, speakers, and vendor information and will post them here once available. Updates will also be shared directly with members of the IT Accessibility and Section 508 Community listserv.
Accessibility Accommodations and Services
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided in all plenary and breakout sessions, and Real Time Captioning (CART) will be available in all sessions with URL for mobile or computer viewing.
If you require accommodations to participate in IAAF, please indicate your needs on the registration form before September 20, 2021.
If you require accommodations to participate that are not listed on the registration form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs. We require notification 5 weeks in advance either via email or other written notice in order to secure the necessary materials and services. Additional requests are subject to availability.
Check Your Tech
The 2021 IAAF will be a virtual event using Zoom for Government; generously provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Zoom meetings and webinars are best experienced when using the Zoom app, but can also be accessed via web browser and telephone (audio-only).
We encourage all attendees to set up and test your Zoom app ahead of the event by visiting the Zoom Help Center, Download Center and Join a Test Meeting. Keyboard users may also preview Zoom’s Hot Keys & Keyboard Shortcuts resources for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Linux operating systems.
Contact the IAAF Host Committee
If you have any questions regarding the planning of the Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF), please contact us at email@example.com.
Since 2013, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) along with federal agency partners has hosted the annual Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF) for agency representatives to learn about federal accessibility policies and how they can adapt Section 508 standards to prioritize IT accessibility.
Over the years, conference attendees have heard from a range of presenters, panelists, and keynote speakers across a variety of topics, perspectives, and experiences. Notable speakers include former and active members of Congress, commission chairs and other senior leaders within government and the accessibility community.
Reviewed/Updated: September 2021