Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 & the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

Last updated: March 10, 2017

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Subject: Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place March 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will cover the updated Section 508 Standards and their application of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to websites, electronic documents, and software. Presenters will review WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements and explain how they are applied by the refreshed 508 Standards. They will also address use of WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria for both web and non-web technologies, available resources for testing and verifying accessibility according to WCAG 2.0, and other topics.

For more details or to register for this or other webinars in the free series, visit https://www.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/schedule.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.

Section 508 Best Practices: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards
March 28, 2017, 1:00- 2:30 (ET) Add to Calendar
Presenters:
• Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist, U.S. Access Board
• Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
• Earlene Sesker, Training Coordinator, U.S. Access Board (moderator)
• Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS (moderator)
Registration: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/session/?id=110612

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Last updated: August 28, 2016

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Learn 3 things to ask if you think someone might be having a stroke

Graphic poster (small) to be a stroke super hero

"The Stroke Song" helps you remember to tell someone to

  1. Smile [check to see if it is straight or crooked]
  2. Speak: “It’s a sunny day outside.” [check to see if it is clear or slurred]
  3. Raise your hands [check to see if the hands are raised to an even level]

To help you remember, listen to "The Stroke Song" at http://www.thestrokesong.com/

Will these 3 tests accurately diagnose ALL strokes?

A: Nothing is perfect, not even sophisticated medical tests. These are the five symptoms The American Stroke Association says are the warning signs of a stroke:

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side
  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If a person exhibits any of the above symptoms OR can’t pass the 3 tests then get emergency medical treatment immediately.

More Resources

See the following links in addition to our lists of resources at

Poster for Five things to know about stroke

The issues with CAPTCHA

Last updated: May 28, 2016

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Back in 2009, we published a post called "New Logical Captcha Plugins for WordPress". One of those plugins is no longer available. Since 2009 there have been many articles and discussions about using CAPTCHA and new plugins developed for preventing spam. Those maintaining websites need to prevent damage to their sites due to unwanted spam, yet these prevention methods often keep out legitimate site visitors, too.

We collected a list of a few articles and discussions about the issues with CAPTCHA. If you have slapped a CAPTCHA solution onto your site without considering what problems you might be causing legitimate visitors, you really need to take some time to read and learn from these articles. Note that many of them include even more links about the challenges. Kudos to the people working to resolve this long-standing problem with security solutions blocking legitimate visitors. There is still lots of work to do, so please consider sharing your knowledge or experience in the comments.

Articles and Discussions

Plugins

Here is a list of some plugins that claim to be accessible or user-friendly. Based on some of the discussions in the previous list, none of them are perfect solutions. Some claim to avoid issues for one disability, yet they still have issues for other disabilities. For example, do the logic-based tests consider issues with cognitive or learning disabilities? Let us know what you are using these days and why. [Someone once suggested an accessible slider as part of a CAPTCHA solution, but we couldn’t find that link. Please share it in the comments if you know what happened to that project.]