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Accessibility Training

The courses listed below are intended to improve your understanding of IT accessibility, and Section 508 law, and help you produce digital tools and content that conform to the Revised 508 Standards.

Online Training
Training Videos
On-Demand Webinars

Additional Training Resources
Federal Acquisition Institute

Online Training

The following self-paced courses provide an overview of key aspects of IT accessibility. (Note: Some of these courses are also available through the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). If you need to earn Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) to meet annual training requirements, we recommend you take designated courses through FAI.)

  • Section 508 Awareness - What is a Section 508 Program? This course provides an overview of federal agency 508 programs, and how they help agencies deliver accessible technology products and services to employees and the public.
    Audience: Acquisition and procurement professionals; anyone writing a Statement of Objectives (SOO) that incorporates technology; CIOs, CAOs, or anyone interested in learning more about Section 508
    Course length: 30 minutes
    Certificate or CLPs available?: Yes

 

  • Accessibility of ICT: An Overview for Government Executives – High-level overview of the Revised 508 Standards. Explains roles and responsibilities of Federal government executives, including agency heads, CIOs and CAOs, and Section 508 Program Managers.
    Audience: Agency Executives
    Course length: 15 minutes
    Certificate or CLPs available?: No

 

  • Section 508: What It Is and Why It's Important? – Introduction to Section 508 and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Explains what Section 508 is and why it’s important, shows how conformance can make ICT more accessible, reviews job-related responsibilities for meeting Section 508 standards, offers resources to help you meet your Section 508 responsibilities.
    Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about Section 508
    Course length: 1 hour
    Certificate or CLPs available?: Yes

 

  • Micro-Purchases and Section 508 Requirements – How to make micro-purchases that conform with the Revised 508 Standards, including how the requirements apply to micro-purchases of hardware, software, and other ICT.
    Audience: Government Purchase Card holders, Contracting Officers, Contracting Officer's Representatives (COR), Requiring Officials, Approving Officials and anyone involved in the micro-purchase process
    Course length: 30 minutes
    Certificate or CLPs available?: Yes

 

 

Training Videos


Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART) Webinar

Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART) Webinar

Learn how to define the accessible requirements for ICT solicitations using the Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART). Explore ART, and get an overview of ART's purpose, interface design and key features, and the benefits you gain from using the tool in the acquisition and procurement process.

Duration 14m 49s | 1-Part Video Tutorial


How to Make an Accessible Document in Microsoft Word

How to Make an Accessible Document in Microsoft Word

The Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED CoP) created this series of videos to explain and demonstrate the minimum steps needed to ensure your Microsoft Word document is Section 508 conformant.

Duration 59m 21s | 14-Part Video Series


How to Test and Remediate PDFs for Accessibility Using Adobe Acrobat DC

How to Test and Remediate PDFs for Accessibility Using Adobe Acrobat DC

The Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED CoP) created this series of videos to explain and demonstrate the minimum steps needed to ensure your PDF is Section 508 conformant.

Duration 63m 51s | 5-Part Video Series


How to Author and Test Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations for Accessibility

How to Author and Test Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations for Accessibility

The Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED CoP) created this series of videos to explain and demonstrate the minimum steps needed to ensure your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation is Section 508 conformant.

Duration 43m 54s | 14-Part Video Series


Creating PowerPoint Templates

Creating PowerPoint Templates

Learn how to use the Microsoft PowerPoint slide master to help others create accessible presentations. Understand how presentation templates can provide users with a variety of layouts and features that can reduce common accessibility issues when utilized.

Duration: 8m 18s | 1-Part Video Tutorial


How to Make an Accessible Spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel

How to Make an Accessible Spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel

The Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED CoP) created this series of videos to explain and demonstrate the minimum steps needed to ensure your Microsoft Excel spreadsheet is Section 508 conformant.

Duration 30m 50s | 12-Part Video Series


Accessible Name & Description Inspector (ANDI) Tool Overview

Accessible Name & Description Inspector (ANDI) Tool Overview

Get a basic overview on how to use the Accessible Name & Description Inspector tool (ANDI) to test websites and web-based applications for accessibility. ANDI is a free tool developed by the Social Security Administration.

Duration 31m 11s | 18-Part Video Series


How to Test Color Contrast using the Color Contrast Analyser

How to Test Color Contrast using the Color Contrast Analyser

Learn how to use The Paciello Group’s Color Contrast Analyzer (CCA) to ensure the contrast ratio between text, and images of text, and it's background is sufficient. CCA is used to inspect color contrast when contrast cannot programmatically identified by ANDI

Duration 2m 33s | 1-Part Video Tutorial


An Introduction to Universal Design for Content Creators

An Introduction to Universal Design for Content Creators

This four-part video series provides an introduction to Universal Design for content creators, developers, managers and procurement professionals. It includes resources, tips, and tricks for designing products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

Duration: 18m 21s | 4-Part Video Series


Creating Accessible Media

Creating Accessible Media

Get a brief overview on how to develop high quality audio, video, and multimedia that is accessible to users who cannot see visual information, or hear information conveyed using sound. Learn about text-based equivalents, captions and synchronized audio descriptions.

Duration: 5m 41s | 1-Part Video Tutorial


On-Demand Webinars

Additional Training Resources

Federal Acquisition Institute

The Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) also offers training on IT accessibility. For a current list of courses, visit the FAI Find and Register for Courses page

You’ll need to create an account to register for training. Follow the steps below to create an account (if you don’t yet have one) and register:

  • Visit the FAI Training Acquisition System (FAITAS) login page
  • Read the notice and select “I agree”
  • If you're already registered:
    • Log in with your email address and password
  • If you are NOT yet registered:
    • Choose the link ”Register Here” and follow the instructions to create an account
  • Once you log in, your Dashboard will appear on your screen
  • Above your Dashboard, you will see a menu bar; select “Manage Career“
  • Then select “Training”
  • Then select “Search for Training”
  • Use the “Standard Search” option; choose “Continuous Learning Modules” by “Course Number” and search for the course # noted above, for the course you want
  • Select “Submit” and follow the prompts to complete the registration process
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Reviewed/Updated: June 2021