GSA revamps Section 508 resource site

GSA revamps Section 508 resource site

The General Services Administration has launched a friendlier version of its Web site about information technology accessibility with a link to a database of compliant products.

GSA for two years has had an informational site, at www.section508.gov, about Section 508 of the 1998 Rehabilitation Act Amendments.

'The last one assumed you spoke governmentese,' said Terry Weaver, director of the Center for IT Accommodation in GSA's Governmentwide Policy Office. 'We're trying to get away from that.'

Section 508 requires agencies to make systems accessible to disabled users. The new site provides information not only for federal employees but also for vendors, state employees and the disabled.

Vendors can take part in the Buy Accessible program by downloading a template hosted by the IT Industry Council to submit a self-assessment of their products' compliance. A link from www.section508.gov to the database will help federal buyers research products.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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