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As a vendor, what do you do when a Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) is included in a solicitation? The GPAT identifies government accessibility requirements applicable Section 508 provisions to that acquisition. Here is what you need to do to respond.

The first section of the GPAT is a summary table of the government's accessibility requirements. It identifies the total number of applicable provisions, with notes that further explain these requirements. You need to wait to fill out this summary until after you fill out the rest of the GPAT.

The Training subcommittee of the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIOC announces webinar dates for 2014:

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series dates:
January 28, 2014
March 25, 2014
May 22, 2014
July 29, 2014
September 30, 2014
November 20, 2014

NOTE: Topics will be announced at a future date.

All webinars will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Social media sites, such as YouTube and Facebook, have made the distribution of online video a thriving industry, and video has revolutionized the online learning world. With online video so embedded (pun intended) in our lives, it makes perfect sense for government agencies to use video to engage its citizens. But the U.S. federal government is mandated to deliver information and services in a way that is accessible to all federal employees and U.S. citizens - 17% percent of whom have a disability that impacts computer use.

We are Thankful for… - Nov 27 , 2013

This year the BuyAccessible team is thankful for all the Section 508 Coordinators who work hard to support the implementation of Section 508 within their respective departments and agencies. You are an important part of making Information and Communication Technology (ICT), accessible to people with disabilities. We wish you and your families a very happy holiday.

A recent review of solicitations posted on FedBizOpps (FBO) offered several examples of good practices found to be beneficial to vendors in reviewing and responding to solicitations.

GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, Information Resources Management Division, Section 508 Program Office assesses samples of Federal EIT solicitations to see if they contain the required Section 508 technical standards and sends feedback to the department/agency and the procurement officials. Here is an example of a solicitation that was revised based on the feedback an agency received from GSA's assessment team.

A solicitation best practice is to include accessibility in your evaluation factors, not just in the detailed technical requirements. GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, Information Resources Management Division, Section 508 Program Office assesses samples of Federal EIT solicitations to see if they contain the required Section 508 technical standards, GSA then sends feedback to the department/agency and the procurement officials. Following is an example:

Is this site accessible? - Nov 25 , 2013

One of our highest priorities for this site is for it to be accessible. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave us a comment.

Accessibility Policy

  1. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is a Federal procurement law that requires any EIT products or services that are "developed, procured, maintained, or used" by the Federal Government be accessible to persons with disabilities. It is more than just a procurement law.
  2. With strong support from the agency executive level, your agency can make sure that Section 508 compliance becomes part of your good business practices. What kind of support do you need?

Are you looking for assistance in ensuring your solicitation is compliant with Section 508? We can help.

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