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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 Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (CIOC ACOP) is proud to announce the release of the Technology Accessibility Playbook. The purpose of this resource is to provide guidance on what is needed to build and manage effective Section 508 Programs. The intended audience is US Government CIO and CAO offices, and Agency Section 508 Program Managers (aka Section 508 Coordinators).

The results from the survey can be found here

Section 508 Outreach Survey - Jun 03 , 2016

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:

The Accessible Electronic Documents Community of Practice (AED CoP) has published documents to assist in testing your Word, Excel, and PDF electronic documents. To access these documents, please navigate to the Section 508 best practices library page, or follow this link:
http://section508.gov/content/learn/best-practice-library

These documents are located in the Technical Guidance section of the page.

Section 508 Survey - Apr 25 , 2016

General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP) would like to express our thanks to all those who took the time to complete the Section 508 Outreach Survey. The survey will be used to identify resources sharable among Agency Section 508 Programs, and to inform a comprehensive training and outreach strategy across the IT Accessibility community. In addition, the survey results will be used to enhance and help target GSA’s government-wide Section 508 training, outreach, and technical support to Agencies.

On September 28, 2015, Federal Section 508 Coordinators gathered to discuss how to strengthen the Federal Approach to Accessibility Program management. Sessions included both discussions of GSA’s Governmentwide Section 508 Program and future vision for services and tools and discussions of how to measure Section 508 Program maturity. The breakout session called, “Leveraging the Data” by Katie Pittman, CIOC Accessibility Community of Practice, is described below.

Tools to Check PDFs - Nov 17 , 2015

PDF files published on your agency’s website, are subject to Section 508 technical provisions. This website contains a list of guidance documents, checklists, and testing help to get your PDFs and other electronic documents Section 508 conformant that have been shared by other Federal agencies.

In August 2015, we wrote a post, “508 Facepalms or Opportunities?” listing some of the questions and comments you may have heard about Section 508. So how do you answer those questions? This is the part of a series of blog posts to help you.

New Searchable FAQ - Nov 03 , 2015

To assist with better understanding our customers, the Section508.gov team conducts regular site analytics and based on this data we have determined that the most popular download on Section508.gov is the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

To make this important information more accessible and easily searchable we have made this document available as an on-line web page.

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