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    The Section 508 Refresh recognizes the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as the success criteria applicable to websites, electronic documents, and software. This brings the 508 Standards up to date with the technologies available today, ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to use them. WCAG 2.0 is technology-neutral, so it is easily applied …Read more

  • Section 508 Refresh – Changes in Electronic Documents

    Posted by Jonathan Avila on August 11, 2016

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    Electronic documents will be explicitly addressed in the Section 508 Refresh. Electronic documents are arguably covered under the current standards especially when posted to websites, but are not always put into practice. With the current draft of the Section 508 Refresh, coverage of electronic content is limited to specific categories of information communicated by agencies to …Read more

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    Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended 1998) (29 USC § 794d) requires that when U.S. Federal government agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology (called EIT in the current law), federal employees with disabilities must have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to …Read more

  • Accessibility Basics Series #10 Q&A – Dialogs

    Posted by Kim Phillips on August 1, 2016

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    The 10th and final webinar in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for accessible dialogs. In this post the presenter – Accessibility Training Specialist Erica Zelmanowicz – has provided answers to the questions we received during the webinar. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed from the Accessibility Basics Series …Read more

  • Section 508 Refresh – It’s Coming Soon!

    Posted by Jonathan Avila on July 27, 2016

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    Section 508 standards are federal acquisition requirements that apply to information and communications technology (ICT) that is developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies. The standards promote ICT that can be accessed by the public and employees with disabilities. The current Section 508 standards were issued in 2000 and became effective on June 21, …Read more

  • Accessibility Basics Series #9 Q&A – ARIA

    Posted by Kim Phillips on July 15, 2016

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    Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for ARIA. In this post Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila has provided answers to the questions we received during the webinar. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed from the Accessibility Basics Series #9 resources page.  Resources from the full series …Read more

  • Accessibility Basics Series #8 Q&A – Focus Control

    Posted by Kim Phillips on June 29, 2016

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    Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for Focus Control. Accessibility Training Specialist Erica Zelmanowicz presented the webinar and has provided answers to the questions we received during Q&A – both those that were answered during the webinar and those we weren’t able to get to during the allotted time. The webinar …Read more

  • Accessibility Basics Series #7 Q&A – Accessible Forms

    Posted by Kim Phillips on June 15, 2016

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    Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for Accessible Forms. Senior Director of Client Services Mona Rekhi presented the webinar and has provided answers to the questions we received during Q&A – both those that were answered during the webinar and those we weren’t able to get to during the allotted time. …Read more

  • Section 508 Refresh Timing Confirmed

    Posted by Timothy Stephen Springer on June 13, 2016

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    At the M-Enabling Summit today, David Capozzi, Executive Director of the U.S. Access Board, confirmed the Board is working to publish the final rule updating Section 508 standards by October of this year. The team expects to ask the Board for a vote on the draft text during the July meeting. Once approved by the …Read more

  • M-Enabling Summit June 13-14, 2016

    In today’s opening remarks at the M-Enabling Summit Ambassador Luis Gallegos, current G3ict Chair and former Chair of the UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), shared some fascinating statistics on the penetration of digital accessibility worldwide.  These statistics are part of G3ict and DPI‘s …Read more

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