Review of the Revised 508 Standards (Part 1): Requirements for Federal Websites and Electronic Content

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


This session is the first in a two-part review of the revised Section 508 Standards which apply to information and communication technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies. Part I covers requirements in standards that apply to a federal agency's public-facing content, including websites, publications, and social media sites. It will also address requirements for other types of electronic content, such as policy announcements, notices of benefits, templates or forms, educational or training materials, and intranets. Presenters from the U.S. Access Board will discuss relevant application, scoping, and technical provisions, as well as definitions and functional performance criteria. They will answer questions submitted in advance and during the live session.

Part 2 of this session was presented on March 30, 2021 and focused on requirements in the 508 Standards for hardware and software.

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Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 1) How do the Revised Section 508 Standards apply to social media and other "free" (no-cost) products that lack accessible features like youtube, facebook, twitter, etc? 2) If and when our agency buys or build a product that is not fully accessible, what can supervisors and staff do when someone is unable to use that product? 3) Who is required to make things 508 compliant? 4) Is there a tool our agency should buy to test our website for accessibility? How often do we need to test?
2 Are there freeware or free sites to help us with captioning our videos?
3 Hello, Are we able to receive the slides prior to the training session? Please advise. Deborah Alvarado
4 What technology exists for adding an audio description track? How can that all be utilized on social media?
5 How do the revised standard apply to content/files uploaded by the general public into products used by government agencies? For example, an agency procures a software product intended to promote virtual networking among attendees of a public meeting sponsored by said agency, and the product allows attendees to upload their own content/PDFs that may or may not be accessible.

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