Section 508

ONC has included an accessibility requirement as part of the 2015 Edition Certification.

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"Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both "direct access" (i.e. unassisted) and "indirect access" meaning compatibility with a person's assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers)."

Below is the text from ONC regarding this new requirement:

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Accessible Electronic Documents - Authoring Guide for Making an Accessible Document in MS Word 2010 (January 27)

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Accessible Electronic Documents - Authoring Guide for Making an Accessible Document in MS Word 2010 (January 27)

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Accessibility for Government Communicators (September 30)

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Accessibility for Government Communicators (September 30)

The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place September 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will cover tactics and techniques government communicators can use to ensure that their projects meet Section 508 requirements. Presenters will cover content development for both external and internal communications, common areas where communications projects often run into compliance issues, and how to work with Section 508 coordinators and IT staff on accessibility.

Access Board Webinar: Section 508 "Trusted Tester Program" (April 3, 2014)

The Access Board's free monthly series  took place April 3 2014 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and covered evaluation and testing for compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which requires access to electronic and information technology in the federal sector.

Federal agencies are responsible for accurately evaluating information and communication technology, including web and software applications, for Section 508 compliance. This webinar reviewed the standards-based approach to Section 508 evaluation and testing implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Update on the U.S. Access Board's Refresh of the Section 508 Standards and Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines

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The U.S. Access Board is in the process of jointly updating its Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology and its Telecommunications Act (Section 255) Accessibility Guidelines. On February 23, the Board submitted a proposed rule to update these standards and guidelines to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. OMB has 90 days to review the rule under Executive Order 12866. Once cleared by OMB, the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register and will be available for public comment for a specified period of time.


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