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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.

GSA’s Governmentwide Section 508 Program Team just returned from the 2015 Section 508 Interagency Accessibility Forum: Sharing Accessible Solutions with Everyone hosted by HHS on Oct 20, 2015. This forum was a chance for federal employees and contractors to share best practices, learn about new technologies, and network with other federal employees to broaden the dialog concerning Section 508 accessibility and inclusion.

GSA participated by leading four workshops:

A video from the GSA August 18 Accessibility Event is now available on the GSA youtube channel!

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will host the first multi-agency National Disability Employment Awareness Month Open House on October 27, 2015, in partnership with:

A while ago 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 part of a series of blog posts to help you. If someone says: If someone says something like: "But we don’t have any disabled employees," or "There is not an accessibility issue since most employees can use it without a problem,” or “But I can see it,” they are making an assumption about the abilities of other people.

2015 Section 508 Interagency Accessibility Forum: Sharing Accessible Solutions for Everyone

For Federal Employees and Contractors: On Line Registration Link
When: October 20th, 2015
Time: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Location: U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington, DC.

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