Introduction to PDAA [Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility]: What it is, and how it can benefit 508 Programs at the Federal level

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


When procuring information technology, many state governments follow state requirements for accessibility that are similar to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. A new approach to evaluating bids from vendors for accessibility has emerged from the states, called Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility. This webinar will provide a detailed description of this method, which federal agencies might want to add to their practices. The PDAA may provide a valuable way to evaluate vendors bidding on contracts to develop IT, where there is no product yet to evaluate.

PDAA should not be considered an alternative to existing processes and requirements, such as contract terms and product specific accessibility documentation, but rather as additional information about a vendor's ability and commitment to produce accessible offerings in a consistent manner over time.

The presenters for this webinar are the three State IT accessibility champions who developed the PDAA. They will describe the need they wanted to address, what the PDAA is and how they have been able to integrate it into their states' procurement processes.

Join us on August 23, 2016 for this free online training event brought to you by the U.S. Access Board and the U.S. Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC). You'll have a chance to learn how states are handling accessibility issues in IT procurement.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This intended audience for this training is Section 508 coordinators and anyone who is responsible for accessible procurements of IT, such as requiring officials, end users, IT managers, and Section 508 program managers, among others. The approaches discussed in this webinar may help everyone who works with Section 508 in developing more effective processes for implementing accessible procurements.

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Sarah Bourne, Director of IT, Accessibility at the Massachusetts State CIO Office

Jeff Kline, Program Director, Statewide EIR Accessibility, Texas Department of Information Resources

Jay Wyant, Chief Information Accessibility Officer, Minnesota State CIO Office