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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.

Celebrating 70 Years! 1945-2015

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."

Updated Guidance Documents - Sep 29 , 2015

GSA’s Section 508 Guidance Documents have been updated to reflect the newly combined website. If you have an older version saved, please download a new copy, so you will have correct links to the new Section508.gov.

In the future you will continue to see references to the guidance documents on some pages on this site and be able to directly find them from the home page under “I would like to… Review Section 508 Guidance.”

The site to register for the SECTION 508 BEST PRACTICES WEBINAR of the CIOC Accessibility Community of Practice is now open! This is the latest “best practices” document from the “Document Accessibility Community of Practice subcommittee.”

TITLE: Accessible Electronic Documents: Section 508 Basic Testing Guide for Making an Accessible PDF (Portable Document Format)

TIME: September 29, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

On August 17 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 first of a series of blog posts to help you.

Do you have a question or concern about how Section 508 is being implemented in your agency? The first thing to do is to contact your agency’s Section 508 Coordinator. A complete listing of Section 508 IT Coordinators is available at www.section508.gov.

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