As someone who is mobility impaired and has difficulty using a keyboard, I have a real issue with Section 508. By requiring sites to be accessible only if a user has a screen reader in their computer, to many people with disabilities are excluded. Section 508 is the equivalent of saying if you bring your own ramp to my restaurant, you will be able to get in. I'm glad the DOJ is finally recognizing that it is more than ...more »
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.
I will try to address what should be the first priority of 508 and that would be providing equal access to information. Anyone in the business of remediation knows that training a staff of Hundreds of thousands employees to make their content accessible to current 508 standards is a pipe dream. There are too many file types and not enough knowledgeable teachers. I would estimate just in Federal websites alone there ...more »
For best practice, even for equipment that is grandfathered in, a certain length of time it is reasonable to review the accessibility of that equipment and to look for alternatives that are more accessible.
Comment from Accessibility Committee virtual Listening Session, Sep 8, 2011
Section 508 is unique among federal accessibility requirements in that it gets into a lot of technical detail. The upcoming version will do even more of that, being based on WCAG 2.0 and its interpretations for non-web. Industry correctly argues that having different standards and requirements is confusing and ultimately self-defeating. Wherever possible, federal accessibility regulations (ADA, ACAA, CVAA, 501, 503, ...more »
Infrastructure Infrastructure exemplary practice: 1. Establish infrastructure that supports accessible ICT policies and practices: Four key areas-outsourcing, procurement, training and deployment Outsourcing: Provide outsourcing guidelines to suppliers and business partners, including copies of ICT accessibility guidelines; Ensure that contracts stipulate suppliers will, where relevant, apply ICT accessibility standards ...more »
Agencies must purchase E&IT, the market is not doing a great job of supplying compliant products and solutions, and so often agencies must purchase inaccessible products. The job does not end there though. An agency is still charged with implementing that E&IT in the most accessible manner give its ‘other than procurement’ obligations (develop, use, maintain). It is also still under Section 504 obligations. Agencies ...more »
Establish methodology for contrast, magnification, volume, clarity and limits of background noise and establish functional criteria for persons with vision or hearing loss and provide interoperability standards between information and communication technology and assistive technology for people with vision or hearing loss.
Some of the biggest challenges are obviously time, money, resources, personnel. Set policies that account for these challenges. Grandfathering: allow old documents to be OCR scanned and "grandfathered" in without full compliance. There are reams of info that may never be available to the public if people are afraid to put them out there for lack of resources and fear of not being 508 compliant. Disclaimers: create sets ...more »
Rather than building web sites for better accessibility and usability, new software is needed to better handle existing web sites (with or without 508 code). The new software should be able to read the screen as it is presented to the user (without 508 code) and transform it into the needs of the users based on preference (colors, fonts, ...), disabilities, and needs. In this context, "reading the screen" does not mean ...more »