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2021

Accessibility Community Meetings

April 6, 2021 - Focusing on the acquisition of information and communications technology, four presenters from Federal and State accessibility programs shared a quick review of approaches on how to evaluate Accessibility Conformance Reports (ACRs) developed from Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs).  This was followed by four concurrent breakout sessions where each presenter led a breakout group to compare multiple products against the agency's RFP requirements as the evaluation committee.

February 9, 2021 - Featuring the slogan, “Moving Forward: Change is Necessary”, this meeting featured presentations by DHS, GSA, NASA, and the Information Technology Industry Association (ITI) on Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) creation, evaluation and validation processes. Additionally, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) shared information on improving the accessibility profession through education and certification.

2020

CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

March 8-13, 2020 - The California State University, Northridge (CSUN) hosted the 35th annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference which is designed as an inclusive event for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. Among the many workshops and presentations scheduled for the conference were those created by accessibility professionals from the U.S. Access Board, the GSA IT Accessibility Team, and the Department of Homeland Security including:

Accessibility Community Meetings

December 01, 2020 - “Moving Forward: Winter Break” - Access Israel shared information about their organization and how they promote accessibility to improve the quality of life for people with various disabilities in Israel. The primary goal is that all those with disabilities are integrated into society with dignity, respect, equal rights and high level of independence. Attendees also enjoyed a year-in-review presentation by Tim Creagan, U.S. Access Board.

August 11, 2020 - Under the theme of “Back to School,” the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute led a review and discussion of seven sections of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the relationship between disability programs and reasonable accommodations. Participants also received an update on the changes to the Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART) and Solicitations Review Tool (SRT) from the GSA Office of Government-wide Policy IT Accessibility Program.

June 30, 2020 - The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) participated in an informative event with a focus on creating effective performance management frameworks and position descriptions; including how a position description can be used to establish a Section 508 Program led by a dedicated Program Manager. 

April 7, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shared an overview of their Section 508 Program, the program’s structure, education and awareness campaigns, and future planning. The GSA government-wide IT Accessibility Team shared information on effective testing approaches, and gave a brief demo of the ANDI testing tool.

February 4, 2020 - Featuring the slogan, "Moving Forward," this meeting featured presentations by Program Maturity Census Bureau Section 508 Program Managers sharing best practices, lessons learned and plans for 2020.

2019

Accessibility Community Meetings

December 10, 2019 - Featuring the slogan, “What Have We Learned? Our Journey Forward,”  this meeting featured three presentations by Section 508 Program Managers sharing lessons learned and plans for 2020.

August 1, 2019 - Our summer program manager’s meeting featured presentations on the Digital Dashboard Accessibility Module, website reports to agency CIOs, and expanding scans for additional WCAG 2.0 standards.

June 5, 2019 - The Solicitation Review Tool (SRT) was introduced during this bimonthly accessibility community meeting, which also included a product demo, discussions on machine learning, and a review of analytics results. In addition, we discussed the inclusion of Section 508 in the acquisition lifecycle, and using the Acquisition Requirements Tool (ART) to generate ICT requirements.

April 8, 2019 - Bimonthly meeting topics included discussions on performance metrics and training needs, and an update on training offered by the Access Board.

2018

Accessibility Community Meeting

February 6, 2018 - Bi-monthly meeting of the Accessibility Community, featuring an interactive session on the new Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART).

2017

Section 508 Federal Day

December 5, 2017 - The meeting featured speakers from Microsoft, who shared the latest on creating accessible content.

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