If you’re a fan of the Buy Accessible Wizard (BAW), but wish it were easier to use, you’ll be happy to know that GSA is hard at work on a new tool which will replace the BAW. This new tool incorporates the Revised 508 Standards, so when you use it, you can be sure you’re conformant with current policy.
In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) held its fourth annual Interagency Accessibility Forum on October 13, 2017.
As a reminder, the biannual OMB Agency 508 Reports are due on August 30, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org .
There is no change in the reporting requirements from the February 2017 submission. Both the reporting template and the associated instructions sheet are attached to this message. If you are unable to access the template because of the version of software your agency is using, you can use an older version of the template and just the data elements identified in the current instructions document.
On January 25-26, 2017, the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (ACOP) hosted a workshop on the Technology Accessibility Playbook, which helps federal agencies create mature Section 508 programs. Thirty participants from 16 federal agencies attended the workshop, including Section 508 Program Managers, Developers and Procurement Specialists.
The United States Access Board has refreshed Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The General Services Administration's Government-wide Section 508 Program, along with the Access Board, and the Accessibility Community of Practice, will guide agencies through the transition with training, tools, and communication resources.
Source: Tim Cregan (Access Board)
January 9, 2017
The Access Board today released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.
August 8, 2016, marks the 18th anniversary of the amendment to the Section 508 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which covers access to information technology in the federal sector. To recognize the importance of IT accessibility, we wanted to highlight some agency initiatives to improve accessibility across the federal landscape. Read more...
The Government-wide Section 508 Team within GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP) would like to thank all the agency Section 508 coordinators and practitioners for your participation in our recent Section 508 Outreach Survey. We appreciate your time and effort, and the data you have provided will help us enhance support for, and collaboration on, Section 508 practices across the federal government.
Your feedback will help us: