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

Last updated: March 10, 2017

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From: United States Access Board <training@access-board.gov> Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:17 AM
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

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Learn about EN 301 549 from Funka

Last updated: July 16, 2016

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With sponsorship from Microsoft, the Swedish accessibility company, Funka, recently produced a series of instructional videos explaining EN 301 549. EN 301 549 is a European standard for accessibility requirements in the public procurement of ICT products and services. ICT stands for accessible information and communication technology.

  1. Video 1: What is accessibility in an ICT context. What is the EN 301 549. How does procurement help accessibility. Who should watch this video series.
  2. Video 2: Integration of accessibility and the EN 301 549 into the procurement process. How does it fit into an ICT project value chain. What to expect from ICT suppliers in terms of conformance claim. How to control the deliverable is actually meeting the requirements.
  3. Video 3: Explaining the structure of the EN 301 549. Explaining functional performance statements (chapter 4). Technical requirements (chapter 5-13). The relationship between the two (Annex B) and testing criteria (Annex C).
  4. Video 4: Functional performance
  5. Video 5: Generic requirements

These videos are published under the creative commons license CC BY-NC 4.0. All videos have transcripts.

Learn more about Funka on their website. If you know Swedish, you can visit the Swedish version of Funka. They are on Twitter as @FunkaNu. You might consider signing up for the Funka monthly newsletter called Updated.

Follow the Microsoft accessibility team on Twitter as @MSFTEnable. They were the source and inspiration for this article.

Now, get your popcorn and get ready for video 1. When you watch them on YouTube, you will find links to the subsequent videos in the video navigation section.

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PlainLanguage.gov

Last updated: March 10, 2015

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A History of Plain Language in Government Communications

President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (.pdf) on October 13, 2010. The law requires that federal agencies use “clear Government communication that the public can understand and use.”

On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued a new Executive Order, “E.O. 13563 – Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review. (.pdf). It states that “[our regulatory system] must ensure that regulations are accessible, consistent, written in plain language, and easy to understand.”

Two other executive orders signed by President Clinton in 1996 cover the use of plain language in regulations: E.O. 12866 (.pdf) and E.O. 12988 (.pdf).

The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a community of federal employees dedicated to the idea that citizens deserve clear communications from government. In the 1990s they started giving examples for Federal plain language guidelines. This evolved into the PlainLanguage.gov website. For information about PlainLanguage.gov, see their About Us page.

Download PL.gov's Federal Plain Language Guidelines (.pdf) or Word.

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