GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

508 Training Courses

 Designing Accessible Web Sites (4 hours)

Are you a webmaster in charge of developing or revising your agency’s web site? Or are you a manager who oversees the web development efforts of your agency? Either way, you need to know how the Access Board’s standards for section 508 affect your site. Find out what accessibility is all about, what the standards are, and how to design for 508 compliance by exploring the Web-based course "Designing Accessible Web Sites".

 Accessible Conferences (2 hours)

Have you been tasked with planning a conference that is accessible to everyone? This course will help you plan and/or host accessible meetings, conferences, etc. The guidelines provide you with what you need to know to comply with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you follow these guidelines, you will be showing “good faith effort” and will also be creating opportunities for full participation by all attendees. This course does not focus on how to select a date or location, match the meeting to the facility, select lodging, write contracts, identify food/menu issues, and prepare a budget.

 Buying Accessible E & IT (1.25 hours)

If you are tasked with initiating an action to develop, maintain, purchase or use Electronic and Information Technology (E & IT) products or services, you’re probably wondering how the requirements for accessibility affect you. Whether you are a Requiring Official, IT Manager, Procurement Manager, Contracting Officer, Project Manager, or Acquisition personnel, explore the web-based course to learn about the Section 508 standards and how the changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) impact how you develop requirements for E & IT procurements. You’ll also find helpful information on how to incorporate accessibility into your requirements life cycle and determine whether products you purchase meet the standard.

 Section 508 Coordinators (1.5 hours)

The Section 508 Coordinator’s role is critical to implementing section 508. This course will help you organize your agency Accessibility Team and understand your role in implementing and evaluating section 508. It will also provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of individuals and groups within the government who oversee and ensure section 508 compliance.

 Additional Accessibility & Usability Concerns (1.25 hours)

The courses presented in the Section 508 Universe offer solutions for removing access barriers to electronic information and technology. These courses cover information ranging from website design to conference planning to procurement. The Additional Accessibility Considerations course was prepared to address a number of accessibility issues that are not currently addressed in the other courses. Specifically, this course highlights recommended design guidelines as you:

  • Oversee the development of accessible electronic forms.
  • Write email messages.

Whether someone is trying to complete a benefits form or answer an email, everyone should have the same opportunity to access electronic information.

 

 Accessible Video and Multimedia (2.5 hours)

Video and multimedia products can greatly enhance training and other programs in your agency. However, without the ability to hear what is being spoken, or to hear dialogue without the necessary visual context, these products can be confusing or useless to people with disabilities. Learn how to create and evaluate video and multimedia products that are accessible to all audiences. Specifically, you’ll discover the elements and steps for adding audio descriptions and captioning to any product. Before entering the course, please make sure you have the latest version of Windows Media Player available for your operating system. Then open Windows Media Player, turn on the captioning feature, and close the program. This will ensure you experience all the accessibility features incorporated into the multimedia examples used in this course. For Windows 9x/Me/XP users, open Windows Media Player, select the View menu, select the "Now Playing Tools" menu item, and make sure the "Captions" option is selected.

 Building and Buying Accessible Software (2 hours)

This course is designed for anyone involved in the purchase or procurement of software for their agency. You’ll learn the “back end” to designing software applications including how assistive technology, software, and operating systems interact, general design techniques for ensuring an application is accessible, and tips for testing the conformance of a product to the section 508 standards. This course does not teach or focus on a particular programming language. However, to see an example of how to implement the techniques, you can download a tutorial that creates a simple, conformant application using Visual Basic. If you experience problems with accessibility, please contact the Access Board.

Email: 508@access-board.gov
(202) 272-0080 (v), (202) 272-0082 (TTY)
(800) 872-2253 (v), (800) 993-2822 (TTY)

 

 Buying Accessible Computers (1.5 hours)

This course is designed for anyone involved in the purchase or procurement of desktop and portable computers for their agency. You'll learn about the technical requirements that computers must meet in order to conform to section 508. This course does not teach the procurement process but rather focuses on the physical aspects of computers, such as mechanically-operated, touch, and biometric controls and connectors. However, you may access the Buying Accessible E & IT course to learn more about the procurement process. If you experience problems with accessibility, please contact the Access Board. 

Email: 508@access-board.gov
(202) 272-0080 (v), (202) 272-0082 (TTY)
(800) 872-2253 (v), (800) 993-2822 (TTY)

 

 Opening Closed Products (1.5 hours)

This course is designed for anyone involved in the purchase or procurement of self contained, closed products. You’ll learn about the technical requirements that self contained, closed products must meet in order to conform to section 508. In addition, you’ll learn about some new innovative technologies manufacturers are using to make these products more user-friendly for individuals with disabilities. This course does not address specifically the procurement process; however, you may access the Buying Accessible E & IT course to learn more about it. If you experience problems with accessibility, please contact the Access Board.

Email: 508@access-board.gov
(202) 272-0080 (v), (202) 272-0082 (TTY)
(800) 872-2253 (v), (800) 993-2822 (TTY)

 

 Micro-purchases and Section 508 (15 minutes)

This course is designed for anyone involved in making purchase card micro-purchases. You'll gain an overview of the requirements of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and how they apply to micro-purchases. You'll also learn the general process you should follow when making a micro-purchase in order to ensure that your product conforms with section 508.

 Buying Accessible Telecommunications Products (1 hour 50min)

 

This course is designed for anyone involved in the purchase or procurement of telecommunications products for their agency. You'll learn about the technical requirements that telecommunications products must meet to conform to section 508. This course focuses on telecommunications product accessibility by persons who have difficulties such as hearing over the telephone, reading information on telephone displays, and using mechanically-operated controls and keys. In addition, it addresses concerns of TTY users.