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Create systematic approach to compliance and implementation of Section 508. Spotlight areas that require additional focus, strengthen partnerships with private industry, reduce the cost of implementation per Agency by encouraging use of best practices.

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Pilot 508 Interagency Best Practices and Shared Services Cost-Sa

Optimize 508 administrative services across the Federal Government by 1) Benchmark interagency Best Practices and Lessons Learned to support refinement of existing 508 processes and policy and development of a new Department-wide 508 Strategic Plan 2) Determine feasibility of a Shared Services Cost-Savings Model where one agency provides Braille and other services for a fee such as the existing Federal Occupation Health ...more »

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Add (FPC) for People with Cognitive Disabilities

Add Functional Performance Criteria (FPC) for people with cognitive disabilities. Currently, there are no standards or provisions in Section 508 related to individuals with cognitive disabilities. Additionally, consider functional performance criteria for persons with multiple disabilities such as a person who is deaf or blind who has cerebral palsy or a speech impairment with possible limited manual dexterity.

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Coordinate among agencies with accessibility responsibilities

By one count there are 22 federal entities that have some accessibility oversight role. In 508-land, the big ones are the Access Board, GSA, DoJ, CIO Council, and FAR and the Chief Acquisition Officer Council. But the FCC, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Labor, National Council on Disability, NIST, Department of Transportation and many others have parallel roles in their own domains. Why not astound the public and make a ...more »

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How can Gov/Section 508 support the developer community?

Should government strengthen and build on the Section508.gov site to develop a Web Portal of accessibility resources geared primarily towards core Developers, but with essential resources for the more extended development community? Could the creation of a joint public and private sector central repository of information and online community better support the development community? Would this increase equal access ...more »

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Rolling Refresh of 508 Technical Provisions

There's no way that regulations can keep up with the pace of technological evolution. How about identifying those Technical Provisions whose impact has most eroded, and accelerating their updates via some more agile process than the typical rulemaking? The process should be open, and could result not in new regulatory language but in authoritative guidance. For example, it could state the the current provision, especially ...more »

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“Best Meets” Needs to be Echoed in the FAR

Section 508 requires agencies to select the product that best meets the Section 508 standards, but the FAR does not buttress the concept. A strategic plan that pledges to include “best meets” in the FAR would be welcomed. Recently case law stated that the FAR supersedes the “best meets” concept in Section 508 (an over simplification of a complicated decision but at its heart true).

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Create a Blanket Purchasing Agreement for Closed Captioning

Currently, it seems like each region within GSA is responsible for procuring their own closed captioning services for videos. We are seeing an ever increasing trend towards creating videos in-house. Many people who create this online content may not know how to go about having their videos captioned. It would make sense to have 1 contract nationwide where anyone who creates video content for their agency can easily obtain ...more »

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Eliminate Waste of Federal Resources Used to Retrofit ICT

How can we eliminate waste of Federal resources used to retrofit ICT? People with disabilities are left behind when the Federal government does not adopt accessible ICT technology or implement the Section 508 Standards. If government doesn’t adopt and implement accessibility as part of its overall IT strategic planning, including: IT Modernization planning; Consolidation efforts; Shared services planning; adoption ...more »

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Accessibility and the future of technology

Accessibility is a problem, which the Federal government has not fully dealt with in terms of making technology accessible to employees and more importantly making technology accessible to the American public. Technology is both a problem and an answer. Accessibility is not just a good thing to do, it's the right thing to do. With more and more countries adopting policies similiar to Section 508, making a product ...more »

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508 Standards for Data Visualizations and Info Graphics

We are sitting on top of a mountain of government data. One way to get the most out of this underutilized asset is through interactive data visualizations. Another way is through the use of static information graphics (info graphics). As far as I know, there is no federal standard for the implementation of these tools as they relate to Section 508. And that is holding back innovation. Is it enough to just link to a ...more »

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