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Information Technology Access
and
Section 508 Requirements

 Overview

In 1998 the US Workforce Investment Act set forth stringent requirements for disability access for all information technology equipment, including telecommunications equipment, purchased by agencies of the US government. The US Access Board was given the responsibility for developing the technical standards for these requirements and all federal agencies are required to incorporate these requirements into their information technology contracts.

This workshop presents the fundaments of designing information technology equipment to be usable and accessible by people with disabilities and for compliance with the federal Section 508 requirements (36CFR1194).  The course may be taught in a 1 or 2 day format, depending on the amount of design training desired and the amount of time allocated for discussion of specific products.

Outline

  • Introduction to Accessibility
  • History of Disability Access Regulations
    • 1968 Architectural Barriers Act
    • 1973 Rehabilitation Act
    • 1986 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    • 1988 Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Act
    • 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • 1996 Telecommunications Act
    • 1998 Workforce Investment Act
  • Overview of Federal Procurement & Section 508 Regulations
  • Disability Demographics and Statistics
  • Designing for Accessibility & Universal Design
  • FAR Procurement Requirements
  • Structure of Section 508
    • Functional Performance Criteria ( 1194.31)
    • Technical Standards ( 1194.21 1194.26)
    • Equivalent Facilitation ( 1194.5)
  • Functional Specifications
  • Technical Specifications
    • Software applications and operating systems ( 1194.21)
    • Web-based intranet and internet information and applications ( 1194.22)
    • Telecommunications products ( 1194.23)
    • Video and multimedia products ( 1194.24)
    • Self contained, closed products ( 1194.25)
    • Desktop & portable computers ( 1194.26)
  • Equivalent Facilitation
  • Product Design
  • Accessible Sales, Support and Service
  • Product Analysis & Discussion
  • Conclusions
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