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Quick Links provide quick and easy pre-packaged Section 508 solicitation documentation for a number of standard Electronic and Information Technology (EIT)/Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deliverables. In addition to providing solicitation language, Quick Links provide a Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) that identifies applicable Section 508 provisions.

TIME: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 1:00- 2:30 PM Eastern Time

We are excited to announce the new redesigned www.BuyAccessible.gov website. This site is currently a Beta version and will be undergoing more usability and accessibility testing in the coming months. Please review the site and contents as we welcome your feedback. Use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the screen to submit your comments and suggestions.

As a vendor, what do you do when a Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) is included in a solicitation? The GPAT identifies government accessibility requirements applicable Section 508 provisions to that acquisition. Here is what you need to do to respond.

The first section of the GPAT is a summary table of the government's accessibility requirements. It identifies the total number of applicable provisions, with notes that further explain these requirements. You need to wait to fill out this summary until after you fill out the rest of the GPAT.

The Training subcommittee of the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIOC announces webinar dates for 2014:

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series dates:
January 28, 2014
March 25, 2014
May 22, 2014
July 29, 2014
September 30, 2014
November 20, 2014

NOTE: Topics will be announced at a future date.

All webinars will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Social media sites, such as YouTube and Facebook, have made the distribution of online video a thriving industry, and video has revolutionized the online learning world. With online video so embedded (pun intended) in our lives, it makes perfect sense for government agencies to use video to engage its citizens. But the U.S. federal government is mandated to deliver information and services in a way that is accessible to all federal employees and U.S. citizens - 17% percent of whom have a disability that impacts computer use.

We are Thankful for… - Nov 27 , 2013

This year the BuyAccessible team is thankful for all the Section 508 Coordinators who work hard to support the implementation of Section 508 within their respective departments and agencies. You are an important part of making Information and Communication Technology (ICT), accessible to people with disabilities. We wish you and your families a very happy holiday.

A recent review of solicitations posted on FedBizOpps (FBO) offered several examples of good practices found to be beneficial to vendors in reviewing and responding to solicitations.

GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, Information Resources Management Division, Section 508 Program Office assesses samples of Federal EIT solicitations to see if they contain the required Section 508 technical standards and sends feedback to the department/agency and the procurement officials. Here is an example of a solicitation that was revised based on the feedback an agency received from GSA's assessment team.

A solicitation best practice is to include accessibility in your evaluation factors, not just in the detailed technical requirements. GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, Information Resources Management Division, Section 508 Program Office assesses samples of Federal EIT solicitations to see if they contain the required Section 508 technical standards, GSA then sends feedback to the department/agency and the procurement officials. Following is an example:

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