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Accessibility thru the eyeglasses of a FISMA framework

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 »

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Harmonize on 508

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 »

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Open Dialogue and Transparency

No one likes to be chained to certain set of rules and guidelines. Even though most will agree that Rules and Guidelines are needed in order to have structure, most will also agree that having freedom and flexibility to find what works best for your agency. The problem is that there is no place for different agencies to place their success stories or their struggles. This will allow agencies to see what works and what... more »

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Operationalize Policies through agency Infrastructure

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 »

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Leadership Roles and Responsibilities

What are the essential leadership positions in the Federal government responsible for ensuring Accessible information and communication technology? What should be their roles and responsibilities? Who and or what else should be considered on the topic of roles, responsibilities, and leadership? Who is currently failing to carry out their duties and why?

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Post 508 Audit Reports

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.

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Digital Signage needs to be compliant

Agencies seem to be deploying Digital Signage without thought of accessibility. Digital Signage content needs guidelines for accessibility as it is a delivery method for Electronic & Information Technology information. To many times have I seen inaccessible content displayed because the apathy of management thinking Digital Signage isn't governed by the law. Specific guidelines for content creation needs to be added... more »

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508 Remediation and a 24 hr Live Help Desk

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 »

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Systemic Barrier to Competitive Federal Employment

Is inaccessible ICT the number one systemic barrier to competitive employment opportunity in the Federal government? For example, if an online application system like USAJobs is not accessible to people with disabilities, applicants with disabilities will never get through the virtual front door of applying for a job. Once an individual with a disability is on board, if they are not provided equal access to information... more »

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ADA Title IV - Captioning of PSAs funded by federal dollars

This is not exactly Section 508, but there is a lot of overlap since it has to do with captioning of media produced with federal funds. Title IV of the ADA mostly deals with Telecommunication Relay Services but one small part says that TV Public Service Announcements developed with federal funds must be captioned. This law has been on the books since 1990 but often overlooked.

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Need for an Agency to Sponsor a Community of Practice

It is hard enough for agencies to collaborate between one another, but what is harder is collaboration with States, Academia, Advocates, and Industry. A government focused community of practice should have contributors from all these perspectives since they are all stakeholders in Section 508. In order to navigate Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) rules, a sponsoring agency is needed.

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