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Why build a product that can’t be used by everyone? With the Revised 508 Standards now in effect, federal agencies have an opportunity to change the way they implement solutions and make them accessible to as many people as possible. 

Over the past year, federal agencies have been working to transition to the Revised 508 Standards, and the FAR Council is working on regulatory updates to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

The Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART) is now live. Read on to learn how the tool can help your federal agency more easily develop and procure accessible technology.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “accessibility”? If it's “compliance,” then you're not alone. While compliance is important, and a legal requirement, consider thinking about accessible IT from a universal design standpoint first.

Part two of a two-part series about Universal Design

Universal Design is an approach being adopted by the tech world to ensure that products and services are accessible by all. If you’re an agency executive, developer, or 508 Coordinator, Universal Design principles can modernize your agency’s digital accessibility strategy and development processes, and enable you to deliver products and services more accessible to all.

Part one of a two-part series about Universal Design

The year is 2017. The advancement of technology, led by key players in the private sector, has introduced innovations that have made applications more accessible for people with disabilities.

You may wonder if non-federal websites are required to comply with the Revised 508 Standards. Since Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 only applies to federal agencies, the short answer is no.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Architectural Barriers Act, and the Rehabilitation Act collectively make the ins and outs of everyday life more accessible for people with disabilities.

If you’re a fan of the Buy Accessible Wizard (BAW), but wish it were easier to use, you’ll be happy to know that GSA is hard at work on a new tool which will replace the BAW. This new tool incorporates the Revised 508 Standards, so when you use it, you can be sure you’re conformant with current policy.

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) held its fourth annual Interagency Accessibility Forum on October 13, 2017.

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