Jan 29 2014

Giving an Accessible Presentation

Category: Improving AccessibilityHelen Chamberlain @ 12:30 pm

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to make a presentation, and you want to make sure it is accessible to everyone? Here is an outline of topics from an article by W3C titled, “How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.”

  • Plan the Event
  • Provide Accessible Material
  • Planning Your Session
  • Preparing Slides and Projected Material
  • During the Presentation
  • Be Open to Accessibility Issues
  • Providing Recording Afterwards
  • Known and Unknown Audiences

For more information go to the W3C article. (Note: This link is not a official government site.)

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Dec 31 2013

Top 2013 Posts

Category: About this blog, AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 10:23 am

Here are some of the top Section 508 Blog posts from 2013:

Happy New Year from the BuyAccessible Team!

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Dec 17 2013

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

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 11:05 am

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

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series
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

Registration information will be sent at a later date. As in 2013, On-line registration will be available at www.adaconferences.org/CIOC.
Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session.

This is Co-sponsored by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council, the U. S. Access Board, and eFedLink/ODEP
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in 2014.

Debby Kaplan and Tim Creagan
Training Subcommittee Co-chairs
Accessibility Community of Practice

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Dec 05 2013

New Video & Multimedia Accessibility Guide

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 2:19 pm

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’re excited to announce a new resource to help government new media workers meet these accessibility mandates. The Video and Multimedia Accessibility Guide, which covers captioning, audio-description, and accessible multimedia players, is available on HowTo.gov. This new guide provides practical information for creating accessible videos and using accessible video players.

We welcome your feedback. We intend to maintain and evolve these documents. And please spread the word about this opportunity to your colleagues!

Helping agencies deliver a great customer experiance

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Nov 26 2013

We are Thankful for…

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 5:27 pm

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 Electronic and Information Technology, accessible to people with disabilities.
We wish you and your families a very happy holiday.
You can find your agency’s Section 508 Coordinator information at www.section508.gov.

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Nov 12 2013

BuyAccessible Wizard and Quick Links Back Up Again

Category: Announcements, BuyAccessibleBuyAccessible Team @ 11:02 am

The buyaccessible.gov site is currently down for maintenance and a refresh, but you can still access the BuyAccessible Wizard and the Quick Links http://app.buyaccessible.gov/baw/Main.jsp and http://app.buyaccessible.gov/baw/Quick-Links/index.jsp

The BuyAccessible tool assists in the determination of Section 508 requirements that apply to an EIT procurement and also creates Section 508 solicitation language. Quick Links provide a Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) and Section 508 solicitation language for a number of frequently procured EIT deliverables. For items not listed in the Quick Links, you can use the BuyAccessible Wizard to determine which Section 508 requirements apply to your procurement and create tailored documentation for your specific solicitation.

For questions please contact Helen Chamberlain at helen.chamberlain@gsa.gov.

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Nov 06 2013

What do Federal Government Executives need to know about Section 508?

Category: Agency Shared PracticesBuyAccessible Team @ 4:25 pm
  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?
    1. A Section 508 policy that is strong and visible throughout your agency.
    2. Staying vigilant, auditing compliance at all procurement levels and providing feedback on the results.
    3. Providing support, education, and awareness to employees on Section 508 requirements.
  3. What can happen if you don’t comply with Section 508?
    1. Administrative complaints can be filed by Federal employees with disabilities.
    2. Lawsuits from members of the public, vendors or advocacy groups over procurement decisions and accessibility of your information on your websites. – You may not have faced administrative complaints or lawsuits, but other agencies have spent a lot of time and money remediating less than accessible EIT products and settling claims.

The OMB has issued a Section 508 Strategic Plan that outlines an agencies responsibilities with regard to Section 508 requirement. This plan can be found at www.section508.gov

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Oct 29 2013

Common Misconception: Defense Agencies are Exempt from Section 508

Category: Acquisition Processadmin @ 10:13 am

Common Misconception: “DoD agencies are exempt from Section 508″. The fact is that no Federal agency to include the US Postal Service is “exempt” from Section 508. There are specific Section 508 exceptions related to National Security (1194.3(a)). These exceptions are limited to direct combat and intelligence gathering activities, not administrative and business applications. The standard specifically lists payroll, finance, logistics, and personnel management applications as examples of DoD systems that are subject to Section 508. For further guidance on DoD Section 508 policy contact the DoD OSD Section 508 Coordinator. Contact information can be found at www.section508.gov.

As always, if you have questions or comments on this Blog, please leave a comment below and feel free to browse the Section 508 blog archives by using the categories to the right or the Search field above.

This has been another post in Section 508 blog series Common Misconceptions.

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Sep 11 2013

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 11:22 am

Google announced a free course on web accessibility that will run from Sept 17-30, 2013:
“According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people have vision impairments. As web applications have grown rich and creative, they have become less accessible to these users.
Introduction to Web Accessibility is an online course that introduces tools and techniques for web developers to easily ensure that websites are more accessible to users who are blind or have low vision.
Registration just opened for this online course ‘Introduction to Web Accessibility’ which focuses on accessibility for visually impaired users. The course is a starting point for developers to learn to inspect the accessibility of their websites using Google Chrome extensions, and pick up tips and tricks to make their websites more accessible.

The course runs from September 17-30th and registration is now open. Please share this sign-up link with all your Web Developer friends:

You can also watch demos and learn more about the course on the Google Developers Live episode featuring members of the Google accessibility team in conversation with Vint Cerf, Google’s VP and Chief Internet Evangelist.”

Please note that this course is not created by or sponsored by the government.

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Sep 03 2013

Access Board Webinar: Open Question and Answer Session (September 4)

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 1:35 pm

The next webinar in the Board’s free monthly series will take place September 4 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will feature an open question and answer session with Board accessibility specialists. Questions are welcome on the Board’s accessibility requirements and rulemaking activities, including the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, the Section 508 Standards, new standards being developed for medical diagnostic equipment, public rights-of-way accessibility, and other topics related to the Board’s work. For more information, including registration instructions, visit www.accessibilityonline.org.

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