Education, PTO recognized for Section 508 best practices

The Education Department and the Patent and Trademark Office developed programs to integrate Section 508 accessibility requirements into all phases of their IT plans. For their efforts, the agencies today received the first Government Best Practices awards at the IDEAS conference in Washington.

Education's Assistive Technology Program in the CIO's office assesses individual employee needs to overcome accessibility barriers to using IT systems. It also identifies technology sources, provides acquisition assistance, technology installation, training and reviews Web systems for department bureaus and other federal agencies.

The Patent and Trademark Section 508 program embeds 508 standards throughout the bureau's IT acquisition process. Program employees work with PTO offices to monitor and ensure compliance.

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