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Category Archives: Accessibilty

2014 HHS Accessibility Conference (Includes Video)

In October, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sought to work through some of the common obstacles to fully implementing Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act as part of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month …

Software Development Life Cycle

A typical software development life cycle begins with requirements. The diagram below shows a waterfall life cycle. Requirements are part of any software development life cycle be it waterfall, rapid application development or Agile. In Agile, the requirements may have …

Accessibility Best Practices Webinars

The Education Subcommittee has initiated a series of webinars based on Accessibility Best Practices. The first one was held on May 24, 2012 on the topic “Ten Top Strategies for Implementing Section 508”. The archive of that webinar can be …

Performance Metrics and Measures

Introduction In today’s performance-focused environment, agency executives require performance metrics to monitor progress against agency goals and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes. Agencies use workload measures when allocating and managing resources. Metrics and measures enhance Section 508 …

Section 508 Leadership Core Competencies

Section 508 is a very complex law with far reaching implications for how your agency buys, builds, maintains and uses technology. Accessible technology allows more people with disabilities to apply for federal jobs and obtain government services and information. It …

Meet the CIO Council Accessibility Committee

Posted By: Frank Baitman, CIO, Social Security Administration A little over a year ago, the CIO Council established the Accessibility Committee in an effort to raise awareness and engage Federal CIOs to improve accessibility within both their agencies and the …

Creating Accessible PDF Documents

Working with document authors and accessibility specialists, the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) Section 508 Office has created a series of informative on-line tutorials that explain portable document format (PDF) accessibility barriers and the remediation techniques that address them. Short topic-specific …

Internet Accessibility Policy

Introduction Most organizations will benefit from a formal agency wide Section 508 Internet Policy. Effective policies have three important components. They: Establish and define roles and responsibilities Identify technical and functional requirements Identify tools and resources available to responsible parties …

Defects Review with Developer Staff and Vendors

Introduction Reviewing accessibility testing results with development staff, whether they are contractors, product vendors, or internal developers, is a very effective best practice. Whether through a simple phone call briefing or with development staff present during the entirety of testing, …

IT Directives Review Processes

Introduction Some agencies or agency components have a process for approving IT policies or directives. Agency Information Technology (IT) directives often omit critical security, privacy, records management, and civil rights requirements when relevant stakeholders are not included in the IT …


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