Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
1:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


Rescheduled from January due to government shut down. Previously registered users do not need to register again.

This webinar provides an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the Access Board on the revised Section 508 Standards. The 508 Standards apply to information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector such as computers, telecommunications equipment, printers, software, websites, information kiosks and transaction machines, and electronic documents. Questions are welcome on all sections of the standards, including application and scoping, functional performance criteria, hardware and software requirements, support documentation and services, and referenced standards. Access Board ICT Specialists will also address questions about companion guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act and any other topics related to the Board’s activities on accessible ICT.
Participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the session through the registration portal. They can also pose questions during the live webinar. This session will be helpful to anyone involved in complying with the 508 Standards or interested in ICT accessibility. Join us for a lively and informative discussion.


Bruce Bailey Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology Specialist, US Access Board
Timothy Creagan Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology, US Access Board
Katherine Eng ICT Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board

Questions for presenters:

  • Does 508 apply to a private sector business?
  • Since HHS provides an HTML checklist at
    which we are supposed to use to evaluate 508 compliance, the following 4 questions relate to this checklist:
  • Question 1: Could you please explain techniques for Section B: General Code Inspection?
  • Question 2: Could you please explain ID B9: If ARIA is present, does the ARIA coding both meet ARIA specifications and give an accurate representation of the content?
  • Question 3: On Section F could you please explain ID F3: Do all decorative images have an empty alt tag (alt="")or are included via the CSS? And ID F4: Is the CSS free from any images conveying information that do not have a text alternative?
  • Question 4: Could you please explain techniques for Section K: Sites containing common elements/dynamic content?
  • Many people have personal attendants to assist with morning routines that depending on physical needs, can take hours and preclude early morning medical appointments. How can activists press college and health centers to have flexible scheduling and provide support staff for clients who needs require this accommodation?
  • Does Standard 1194.22 – Web-based Information and Applications still apply or E207 Software section replaces that?
  • What are the equivalent of the below old rules in the revised rules: Standard 1194.22 – Web-based Information and Applications Standard 1194.21 – Software Applications and Operating Systems Standard 1194.31 – Functional Performance Criteria Standard 1194.41 – Information, Documentation and Support
  • Do Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 also apply to Apps? Apps we can download via Playstore or Appstore?
  • Is a computer based training (CBT) module still considered 508 compliant if the focus moves away from the play bar after selecting a function from the play bar? e.g. I hit the Tab key to move across the play bar (As the buttons are read with JAWS) to the Play/Pause button. After hitting the spacebar to pause the presentation, I have to press the Tab key again to get my focus back into the play bar, then tab across to the Play/Pause button again to resume the playback.
  • Is there a document showing the correlation between the updated VPAT document (v2.3) regulations and the previous VPAT doc (v2.0)? Both description & number?
  • Will HHS or other agencies choose to proactively adopt the new A and AA level success criteria introduced with WCAG 2.1? If so when might this happen?
  • What tools are available to make live streamed meetings accessible?

Session Questions

This session is accepting questions from registered users. After you have registered to participate in this session you can submit your questions on your Account Manager page. Please note: the number of questions will be limited and submissions will be closed well before the session starts to provide time to prepare answers.