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Section 508 Refresh: Now What?

Section 508 Refresh: Now What?

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Presented by:Kevin RydbergSenior Digital Accessibility Consultant, Siteimprove, Inc.

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What is Digital Accessibility?

Accessibility is about peopleDigital accessibility makes it possible for everyone, especially persons with disabilities, to: Use computer hardware and softwareCreate digital resources

Digital accessibility refers to all types of disabilities: visual, hearing, physical, cognitive, technical, etc.

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This is a new thing, right?In Europe, digital accessibility is understood as a citizenship obligation.UK 1995Ireland 1999Greece 2003Germany 2005Spain 2005France 2005

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But this is new in the U.S, right?Digital accessibility has been in place since 1998:

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

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What is Section 508?In 1998 the U.S. Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act (1973) to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

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What is the Section 508 Refresh?On Jan. 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board updated Section 508 to align with global accessibility guidelines called WCAG 2.0.

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So what changed?Public-facingWebpage contentPDFs and other documentsMultimediaThird-party contenti.e. social mediaWeb content has officially been definedand it needs to be accessible.

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So what changed?Non-public facing

Emergency notifications

Initial or final decision adjudicating an administrative claim or proceeding

Internal or external program or policy announcement

Notice of benefits, program eligibility, employment opportunity, or personnel action

Formal acknowledgement of receipt

Survey questionnaire

Template or form

Education or training materials

Intranet content designed as webpage

Web content has officially been definedand it needs to be accessible.

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So what changed?Non-public facing

Emergency notifications

Notice of benefits, program eligibility, employment opportunity, or personnel action

Education or training materials

Web content has officially been definedand it needs to be accessible.

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How does this affect your organization?Section 508 will affect everyone differently.

Those affected have until Jan. 18, 2018 to make their web content accessible.Federal agencies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) providers

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Achieving 100% accessibility by that point may be a large challenge. What this deadline implies is that lawsuits will have more ground to stand on after this point if your organization is sued. (Or something along those lines??)

Do we want another slide going over the 3 entities affected? (Im thinking for those who want to download the slides later.) Or is that too much?12

How does this affect your organization?Federal Agencies

ICT ProvidersComputer hardware and softwareWebsitesMultimedia such as videoPhone systemsCopiersOrganizations with Federal Funding

Check with the federal agencies from which you receive fundingOther Industries

The question is whennot if.Live Tweet @Siteimprove #Section508Refresh

So now what?REMEMBER:

Accessibility is a processnot a project.Live Tweet @Siteimprove #Section508Refresh

Digital Accessibility: Process Not a Project

Ask your team these questions:How do we support this?

How do we fund this?

How will we communicate this internally and externally?

How do we train for continued success?

What dependencies do we have on vendors?

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Kevin & Chelsea: Can you please use the finalized checklist once it comes back from Stacey and create slides after this that go into more detail?16

Questions

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Additional Resourceswww.W3C.comwww.Section508.govwww.Siteimprove.com

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Contact InformationKevin RydbergSiteimprove, Inc.Twitter: @rydbergkEmail: kry@Siteimprove.com

siteimprove.comTwitter: @SiteimproveEmail: MarketingUS@Siteimprove.com

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