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Enhance core product to meet section 508

One question for the producers of documents is how section 508 might limit the mainstream product--website, document, data sets, use of color, dynamic graphics and content, etc. There are reasons that information is conveyed in a variety of formats and media and section 508 should not limit how the core product is developed. Rather section 508 should address how accessible enhancements and supplments are added in. ...more »

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New Software To Better Handle 508 Compliance for Existing Sites

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 »

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Roles and Responsibilities

Should OMB, OPM, GSA and other departments and agencies develop formal inter-agency agreements, establish senior executive leadership positions like a Chief Accessibility Technology Officer, demand greater inter-agency collaboration and coordination, and devote the necessary and sufficient resources to eliminate barriers to ensure accessible ICT?

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Effective enforcement of federal regulations

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education under grant number H133E110002. Our mission is to research, evaluate and develop innovative wireless technologies and products that meet the needs, enhance independence, and improve quality of life and community ...more »

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MultiMedia Specialist

I was hired by the government to help make our videos and streaming webcast captioned. However, I realized our video equipment is out-dated and not able to work with our new captioning encoder (HD/SD compatible). To obtain new equipment, it takes months to years to get such equipment. Is there a way we can speed up this process within the government agencies?

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Self Assessment

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 »

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Establish an inter-agency hotline for accesibility issues.

I propose expanding the funding of the CAP office to implement a hotline for all accessibility issues. They are already the subject matter experts. This hotline could help disabled individuals with their technical questions, provide a clearing house to disseminate technical tips, and serve as a focal point for reporting/tracking non 508 compliant websites/applications.

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More Emphasis on Agency Implementation and Less on Procurement

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 »

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Bad Purchases Made Better Through Implementation

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 »

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Establish Methodology & Interoperability 4 Vision/Hearing Loss

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.

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Passport information

1. The website to access information re Passport status is out of date. Have family 2012 issued passports in hand. Website status update says there is no record of passport. This site needs to be kept current if it to be at all useful. 2. When we applied for a passport for a family member who is conserved, (non-verbal and cognitively unable to use the internet) the current system, due to "privacy restrictions" does ...more »

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