Poor VPAT, nobody loves ya. You need a makeover! The refreshed 508 provisions deserve a refreshed reporting tool, one developed by all stakeholders. It could feature: - live, online creation, indexing, and searchability - real-time training for vendors and buyers alike on the meaning of the provisions and any product-category-specific guidance - room to report testing results and workarounds - AT compatibility info,... more »
Holding the federal government accountable is an important component in ensuring consistent implementation of Section 508 standards and policies throughout the Government.
I love the idea of the posting the VPAT forms, but it would be great to see the audit reports of sites that have been through a 508 audit. Not only does it show the agency responsible, but also the contractor who did the work.
Not to mention those audit reports give a wealth of information from the people doing the actual site auditing for 508.
Use uniform Section 508 assessment criteria and score agency procurement, IT, HR, and civil rights executives on Section 508 compliance. Maintain federal website with information on what is truly 508-compliant, what is not, and how to fix noncompliant products.
Conformance to Section 508 isn't a "one and done." Technology, and user needs change over time. Just like in the InfoSec community, systems (aka EIT) change and with each change induces or reduces risk (aka Section 508 conformance). Why not look at "conformance" to Section 508 as Risk Management. Over 350 million users in the USA have the capability of accessing our ICT/EIT, 35 million are known to have disabilities,... more »
IF it is true that the Blackberry phones are not 508 compliant, why are Federal agencies allowed to buy them? Why isn't GSA prohibiting the purchase of items that are not 508 compliant?
More metrics that emphasize sound internal accessibility requirements are needed. Today's model agencies have trained developers, trained and deployed accessibility testers, implemented project life cycle accessibility requirements, posted accessibility acceptance gates (for internal applications and contract acceptance criteria), and other important agency governance measures to ensure an improving environment. The... more »
Self-Assessment Self-Assessment Exemplary Practices: 1.Comprehensive Evaluation of Internal and External Technologies and 2. Priorities and Goals Comprehensive Evaluations: Make a list of all ICT used or offered, including all platforms, devices and applications; Evaluate the accessibility of each item; Can include formal testing of ICT applications with automated accessibility testing tools; Consider the user experience... more »