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Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF) Archives

2020 Interagency Accessibility Forum

The seventh annual Interagency Accessibility Forum, October 6-7, 2020 was co-hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2020 Interagency Accessibility Forum celebrated the 75th observance of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

The event, with a theme of “Enabling Missions Accessible Technology - Leaving No One Behind,” featured keynote addresses by four fabulous speakers, four panel discussions, and nine breakout sessions across a range of topics. Presentation files, videos and transcripts will be posted as they become available.

The 2020 IAAF was attended by accessibility professionals across 42 U.S. states and territories, and 8 countries including Australia, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, and Sweden.

Event Agenda & Speaker and Presenter Biographies

The 2020 IAAF had a full, two-day agenda, with featured speakers, keynote addresses, and breakout sessions and discussions led by those on the forefront of accessibility in the federal, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors.

For details, visit: 2020 IAAF Agenda and Speaker and Presenter Biographies.

Keynote Speakers

  •  The Honorable Thomas Harkin, Former Senator and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  •  Janet Dhillon, Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  •  The Honorable Congressman Jim Langevin, U.S House of Representatives, Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District
  •  Paula Briscoe, PhD, Deputy Director, Intelligence Community Equal Employment and Diversity, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

General Sessions

  • Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Throughout the Acquisition Lifecycle 
  • 10th Anniversary of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act | Presentation (PPT)
  • Agency Showcase: Smithsonian Institution

Breakout Sessions

  • Track A: Customer Experiences & Content Creation
    • COVID-19 Creates the Case for 508 Compliance and Best Practices
    • Embrace Accessibility and Build It Into Every Decision
    • How Program/Project Managers Can Integrate Accessibility Testing into Development Operations
  • Track B: Acquisition & Program Management
    • Agencies Approaches to Accessibility throughout the Acquisition Lifecycle | Presentation (PPT) 
    • Welcome to Section 508 (for new members) | Presentation (PDF)
    • Revised Section 508 and the Federal Acquisition Regulations - The Final Rule (FAR Case)
  • Track C: Innovation
    • Artificial Intelligence, the Emerging Workplace, and Accessibility for People with Disabilities | Presentation (PPT)
    • Mobile Accessibility: Now and the Future | Presentation (PPT)
    • Developing Accessibility Talent - A Snapshot of Accessibility Education in the United States

2019 Interagency Accessibility Forum

The sixth annual Interagency Accessibility Forum, October 7-8, 2019 was co-hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The IAAF proudly supported the 2019 NDEAM theme - The Right Talent, Right Now - by focusing on ensuring accessibility is a business imperative.

2018 Interagency Accessibility Forum

October 9, 2018 - 5th annual Interagency Accessibility Forum. The 2018 theme was Supporting Empowerment through Accessibility, and was hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

John Sullivan, Director of GSA’s Government-wide IT Accessibility Program, set the stage for this year’s theme of empowerment with inspiring testimonies of how accessibility paves the path to inclusion. He spoke to key FY19 priorities for the federal accessibility community, including:

  • Ensuring accessibility requirements are included in agency solicitations;
  • Reducing website accessibility errors; and
  • Addressing the revised Section 508 requirements for internal agency communications.

2017 Interagency Accessibility Forum

On October 13, 2017, General Services Administration (GSA) hosted the 4th annual Interagency Accessibility Forum. The event, with a theme of “The Right Talent, Right Now,” featured nine workshops focused on the transition to the Revised 508 Standards.

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Reviewed/Updated: June 2020