This will force vendors performing contractor services to incorporate Section 508 in the requirements and will make them code ground up for 508 from the beginning. This is not only cost effective and efficient but will ensure the vendor tests... more »
Continuing on, every other 508 step should be documented as well, such as requesting a VPAT,... more »
In order for Section 508 to become integrated into the culture of the Federal Government, Section 508 has to be a part of all employees performance plan. Especially Senior Management. By having Section 508 as part of their performance plan, Section 508 will get the attention it needs from upper management and everyone will be concerned or aware of 508 and how it would impact their job area.
I know that people are afraid of retaliation, which does happen. But, Federal agencies don't like EEO complaints and they don't like bad publicity. Take it to your elected officials. But, whatever... more »
The 508 Strategy should include an ongonig evaluation and reporting scheme. Being reviewed every 2 years by DoJ is not going to work, especially when the survey... more »
There should be oversight at least of what's available to the public electronically -- perhaps by an extended office of the Access Board -- and agreed-upon penalties for failure. Currently there is nothing to deter an agency from scoffing at 508, except fear of a lawsuit from the National Federation of the Blind. The NFB should not be the government's police force on 508.
Many agencies have old "grandfathered" systems that are not 508 compliant. This creates problems because assistive technologies do not work with these systems. There needs to be a time limit that requires agencies to replace/scrap these non-compliant systems by a certain date. We need to put some teeth into the 508 requirements.
What should be clearly articulated is that accessibility needs to be woven into the fabric and culture of an organization through: policy and governance, integration into key processes (procurement and development,... more »
Continuous Improvement Exemplary Practices: 1. Methods for ensuring continuous improvement and 2. Accountability mechanisms.
Three key methods for ensuring continuous improvement: designate responsible persons/offices, encourage participation by individuals with disabilities and outside experts, and establish measurable objectives and benchmarks.
Designate responsibility: Example-Chief Technology... more »
I understand that this is not what was wanted by the Plan committee, but regardless, after 11 years of experience in this arena, I feel that the one most effective way to attain complaince is through visible, actionable enforcement from with-in the Government, through a government-wide CIO.