Ask the Experts: Web Accessibility | U.S. Department of the Interior


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Ask the Experts: Web Accessibility


Larry Gillick: I’m Larry Gillick, and this is the US Department of the Interior. We’re here to talk about the new 508 compliance, or as it said on that slide, “The Revised Section 508 Standards — Major Challenges and Issues.”

I don’t know about the rest of the government, but here and there we’ve had some interesting challenges in reading, understanding, and trying to implement some of the parts of the new guidance, so we figured we’d call the experts.

At least in these two cases, I think we’ve got it right. We’ve got Tim Creagan and Bruce Bailey from the Access Board. I don’t think we could do much better for this, but you guys can contest that if you want, but I don’t think you will.

Anyway, so let’s do that formal introduction thing, which says Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended charged the Access Board, an independent federal agency with the responsibility of developing accessibility standards for IT products and services to comply with the law.

Federal agencies must ensure that IT products and services developed, procured, maintained and used conform to these accessibility [...]

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