Jun 14 2011

Listening to your concerns and ideas about Section 508

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 11:00 am

The Federal CIO Council, in collaboration with the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy and the U.S. Access Board, is holding a series of listening sessions about Section 508 to engage citizens and employees in expressing concerns and proposing ideas. Feedback from the listening session will be used by, and shared across, agencies to improve accessibility and usability. The next one is on Friday June 17 at Stanford University. More information is on the CIO Council website. That site also includes transcripts from past listening sessions.

Update on 6/14/2011: A registration page is now available for the Stanford event

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May 24 2011

New Guidance Document on Conducting Accessibility Market Research

Category: Acquisition Process, AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 10:08 am

GSA’s Section 508 program recently created a guidance document, Guidance on Conducting Market Research.

Buyers in federal agencies are required by law and regulation to conduct market research. Market research is a means of ensuring that what we want to purchase is in fact actually available. For ensuring accessibility and compliance with Section 508 when the planned purchase is for an Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) product or service, market research is absolutely essential and needs to be documented in writing.

Conducting market research is easy, if information is available. There are several existing paths to achieve quality market research. One option is to use the BuyAccessible Wizard, a free web-based tool that helps in the acquisition of EIT products and services. This document also provides guidance on using the internet to conduct searches for accessibility information.

Check out our newest guidance document and, as always, please send us your comments here on the Accessibility Forum 2.0 blog.

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May 13 2011

BuyAccessible System back up

Category: Announcements, BuyAccessibleBuyAccessible Team @ 10:13 am

The BuyAccessible System server is back up again! You can now access all the tools including:


May 10 2011

BuyAccessible System is down

Category: Announcements, BuyAccessibleBuyAccessible Team @ 10:55 am

The BuyAccessible System is currently down due to some server issues. The problem is being addressed, and we expect it to be resolved quickly. This impacts the BuyAccessible Wizard, Product and Services Directory, and Quick Links. We apologize for the inconvenience. You are welcome to submit a comment here, if you have any questions.


Apr 19 2011

Upcoming Event on Section 508 Testing and Remediation: Application and Best Practices

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 4:46 pm

On Tuesday April 26, 2011, there is a free workshop called, “Section 508 Testing and Remediation: Application and Best Practices.” Presenters include Paul Lloyd, USDA Target Center, and Nicshan Floyd, Office of Accessible Systems and Technologies, DHS.

There will be seats in the Library of Congress, Montpelier Room, Madison Building as well as a webcast. Registration is required for both. For information on attending in person and to receive a security badge contact Katherine Otts by April 25.

This workshop will focus on how to ensure access barriers to electronic information and technology are eliminated by testing products, software, applications and web content in advance to the Section 508 Standards. Mr. Floyd and Mr. Lloyd will discuss testing methods, manual and automated testing tools, other available resources and share best practices for conducting Section 508 testing and remediating non-compliance. The presenters will share their experience, examples, test scripts and best practices that can easily be used by technical and non-technical staff alike to integrate and complete Section 508 compliance testing in the agency Section 508 plans.

This is Workshop 8 of:
Issues and Answers in Digitization
A Joint CENDI/FLICC/FADGI Workshop Series
With special support from the National Science Foundation

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Apr 05 2011

NPR interview about Section 508

Category: Announcements, Website AccessibilityTerry Weaver @ 1:11 pm

On Tuesday March 29, I had the opportunity to be a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi NPR radio show talking about Technology and Accessibility. We talked about the federal government’s efforts to make websites more accessible and Section 508.
A recording is available on-line, as well as a transcript.


Mar 02 2011

Upcoming Events

Category: Announcementsadmin @ 11:08 am

Here are some upcoming events in March.

  • CSUN. The 26th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference - March 14-19, 2011 in San Diego, CA
  • IRMCO. GSA’s Interagency Resources Management Conference – an executive forum to collaborate on key strategies that shape and transform government management priorities of the future – March 15-16. 2011 in Washington, DC
  • 2011 Web and New Media Conference. The annual Government Web Managers Conference – March 17 and 18, 2011 in Washington, DC


Feb 15 2011

BuyAccessible System Still Down

Category: Announcements, BuyAccessibleBuyAccessible Team @ 2:25 pm

The kinks are still being worked out of the new server configuration. Section508.gov appears to be working, but BuyAccessible.gov is still not completely up and functioning yet. This impacts the BuyAccessible Wizard, Quick Links, and the Product and Services Directory. We will keep you posted on progress.


Feb 11 2011

BuyAccessible and Section508.gov are down this weekend

Category: Announcements, BuyAccessibleBuyAccessible Team @ 11:40 am

Buyaccessible.gov and Section508.gov are both down this weekend for GSA security upgrades. They are expected to be back on-line and open for business on Monday.


Feb 01 2011

Accessibility Events this Winter

Category: AnnouncementsBuyAccessible Team @ 11:38 am

Here are some upcoming accessibility events.

  • CSUN – The 26th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference - March 14-19, 2011 in San Diego, CA
  • 2011 Web and New Media Conference- the annual Government Web Managers Conference – March 17 and 18, 2011 in Washington, DC

Note that the CSUN early bird discount rate for registration ends Feb 4.

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