Campaign: Product Accessibility

Why not a "GSA schedule" for accessible products?

A lot of us focus on documents and web sites, but we should also talk about software and other products. Why can't there be a list of software tools or hardware devices? Nothing gets on the list unless it actually meets the full 508. There can be all the boundary setting and disclaimers about what an agency does with the product, but it seems like an incredible waste of effort for every agency to have to check basic ...more »

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Campaign: Roles and Responsibilities

Start compliance at the Procurement Stage

HHS mandates tough compliance requirements in every contract that will result in products that will end up on the web (and we assume that all written documents will be posted). We augment these by posting both our standards and the applications/tools we use to test against those standards. This leaves contractors no wiggle room; deliverables must be fully compliant.

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Campaign: Improve Capabilities

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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Campaign: Roles and Responsibilities

Stress 508 Compliance to Support 501/503 and 504 Obligations

Affected individuals have difficulty lodging complaints against Section 508 because the enforcement model is based on procurement remedies. The result is that most unresolved E&IT complaints devolve into Section 501/503 (anti-discrimination), or more predominantly, Section 504 (reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals) issues. The Strategic plan should emphasize the importance of Section 508 compliance in aiding ...more »

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Campaign: Product Accessibility

Website to Learn from Mistakes/Success

The problem with the language of the rules and regulations is that they are open for interpretation and each company implementing a new application or site can interpret differently. I think an official site that contains a running archive of compliant vs. non compliant examples of actual implementations for each rule/regulation (and why they have that status) would be helpful. That way, you could check your implementation/idea ...more »

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Campaign: Increase Transparency

Making a Section 508 complaint

Do people in HR or in areas that might handle Section 508 get trained in how to handle Section 508

complaints? It seems that the whole issue of how to make a Section 508 complaint for those of us that might want to is very confusing because

all the agencies are supposed to come up with their own plans for how to handle them.

Comment from Accessibility Committee virtual Listening Session, Sept 8, 2011

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Campaign: Action Plan

Equal Access and Equal Employment Opportunity

People with disabilities; rely on accessible technology to do their jobs. When Federal agencies follow through on their commitment to recruit, retain, and advance individuals with disabilities while embracing strategies that ensure accessible technology people with disabilities are assured equal access to government programs and equal employment opportunity. Simply put, equal access to technology is essential to equal ...more »

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Campaign: Roles and Responsibilities

Section 508 Accessibility Statements and Complaint Processes

After reviewing many of the topics as well as the memos on 508, I noticed that many agencies' civil rights organizations are not involved in this process or at least do not appear to be. Section 508 requires a complaint process that generally mirrors an agency's 504 process unless it involves a Federal employee where it could be a Section 501 complaint. In both cases, an agency's civil rights organization is responsible ...more »

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Campaign: Improve Capabilities

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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Campaign: Action Plan

Use Assistive Technology users for testing

Projects should use native users of screen readers, magnifiers, voice command software to test their applications. The functional performance criteria (1194.31)is a very important Section 508 provision in the current standards -and the questions asked under FPC are simply whether some one who is blind can use the system, some one who has low vision can use the system, someone who is deaf , and some one with mobility ...more »

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Campaign: Improve Capabilities

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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Campaign: Strengthen Accountability

A Metric with No Measure

In the Metrics section of the plan, more specificity is needed for electronic content. It simply states “Agencies will review and evaluate electronic content for 508 compliance.” We need simple metrics, common across most agencies, that can be used to evaluate an agency’s commitment and effectiveness in implementing accessibility. The Section 508 refresh is increasing the scope of electronic content and the strategic ...more »

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