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What comes to mind when you hear the word “accessibility”? If it's “compliance,” then you're not alone. While compliance is important, and a legal requirement, consider thinking about accessible IT from a universal design standpoint first.

Part two of a two-part series about Universal Design

Universal Design is an approach being adopted by the tech world to ensure that products and services are accessible by all. If you’re an agency executive, developer, or 508 Coordinator, Universal Design principles can modernize your agency’s digital accessibility strategy and development processes, and enable you to deliver products and services more accessible to all.

Part one of a two-part series about Universal Design

The year is 2017. The advancement of technology, led by key players in the private sector, has introduced innovations that have made applications more accessible for people with disabilities.

You may wonder if non-federal websites are required to comply with the Revised 508 Standards. Since Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 only applies to federal agencies, the short answer is no.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Architectural Barriers Act, and the Rehabilitation Act collectively make the ins and outs of everyday life more accessible for people with disabilities.

If you’re a fan of the Buy Accessible Wizard (BAW), but wish it were easier to use, you’ll be happy to know that GSA is hard at work on a new tool which will replace the BAW. This new tool incorporates the Revised 508 Standards, so when you use it, you can be sure you’re conformant with current policy.

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) held its fourth annual Interagency Accessibility Forum on October 13, 2017.

In January 2017, the U.S. Access Board published a final rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, the Section 508 Community of Practice (CoP) held its final meeting at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA. After six years, the NSF is moving to a new location, so future CoP events will be held at the General Services Administration at 1800 F Street NW in Washington, DC.

As a reminder, the biannual OMB Agency 508 Reports are due on August 30, 2017 to feedback@cio.gov . 

There is no change in the reporting requirements from the February 2017 submission.  Both the reporting template and the associated instructions sheet are attached to this message. If you are unable to access the template because of the version of software your agency is using, you can use an older version of the template and  just the data elements identified in the current instructions document.

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