Review of the Revised 508 Standards (Part II): Requirements for Hardware and Software


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

Description

This session is the second 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. Presenters from the U.S. Access Board will explain provisions in the standards for hardware and software. Requirements for hardware, such as computers, information kiosks, and multi-function copy machines address privacy, operable parts, communication, and other features. Software requirements cover interoperability with assistive technology, applications, and authoring tools. Requirements for support documentation and services will also be covered.

Part 1 of this session was presented on January 26, 2021 and focused on requirements in the 508 Standards for federal websites and other electronic content.

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Certificate Credit hours
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Speakers:

Bruce Bailey, Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology Specialist, US Access Board

Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology, US Access Board

Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 Given the commercial model of someone like McDonalds and their self-order kiosks, where they offer employee assistance -- is that type of self-service acceptable in a state or federal office? The question being basically does "assisted self-service" equate to offering the same self-service to all. Isn't that a requirement technically? It would seem to come into play for supermarkets and their "assisted" self-service given self-service checkouts that do not enable the disabled.
2 Has Section 508 been extended to private/ Title III entities, and what are the responsibilities of private entities?
3 Specifically would like to know the specifics on application to K-12 education. We ensure compliance of our main District website, but it's a little more difficult to monitor/ensure compliance on any individual websites or other sites that teachers may direct students to. Also wonder how regs relate to our Learning Management system (Canvas) as well as the online assessments (that are often locked down) that our teachers are directed to use with student (Mastery Manager, Mastery Connect). Thanks so much!

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