GSA seeks info on Buy Accessible database

The General Services Administration is looking for potential industry sources and cost estimates to provide support for a component of the agency's Section 508 Buy Accessible system.

Cloud & Infrastructure

GCN Insider | Advances in Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is due for an upgrade and Michael Takemura, head of Hewlett-Packard's Accessibility Program Office, sounds excited about the potential changes.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Web browsers comply with Section 508

New versions tout better accessibility, but fresh issues loom for Web sites

Cloud & Infrastructure

New Firefox browser bulks up on 508 compliance

The Mozilla Foundation has posted a Section 508 accessibility compliance checklist for version 1.5 of its Firefox Web browser.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Don't forget the Web

Government Web sites pose a set of challenges different from those faced by employees.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Beyond section 508

Ask anybody: Computers can be a pain to use.

Cloud & Infrastructure

OMB reminds agencies to comply with Section 508

The General Services Administration has developed an electronic guide to help agencies comply with Section 508 requirements.

Cybersecurity

EAC considers new voting system guidelines

The Election Assistance Commission is considering changes to voting system guidelines that could beef up security for the systems.

Section 508 to apply even to small purchases starting April 1

After nearly four years, beginning April 1 agency IT purchases worth less than $2,500 will no longer be exempt from Section 508 requirements.

Sun demos accessibility for open-source systems

Sun Microsystems hopes to start shipping next year what it calls the third generation of desktop computer accessibility technology.

Accessible technology from Commerce

The Commerce Department's Assistive Technology Exhibit and Policy Forum last month showcased ways to make information systems more accessible to handicapped users.

Presto: GSA's 508 wizard arrives

Many contracting officers still don't understand how to apply Section 508 accessibility standards. And the General Services Administration only added to the confusion with an early attempt at a quick reference guide for buying accessible federal IT.

GSA tool to help agencies meet 508 requirements

The General Services Administration is testing software to determine which accessibility standards apply to the technology they want to purchase.

Online Extra: A checkup for Section 508

How much progress have we really seen on Section 508? The Section 508 electronic and IT accessibility amendment is the single most influential disability mandate since the Americans with Disabilities Act came into law in 1990. But how much has changed since Section 508's inception in June 2001?

Another View: Making progress on accessibility

When Congress voted to strengthen Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, federal law promised opportunities for millions of Americans with disabilities to pursue new careers and gain better access to government services and information.

Cloud & Infrastructure

HorizonLive opens another door to Web meetings

Web conferencing systems are fantastic: They make online meetings and training sessions accessible to anybody with a browser. Well, maybe not everybody. Maybe not people with disabilities.

TruTip Finger Stylus

At a recent conference I gave a presentation about assistive technology for disabled federal users. During one show I noticed someone with a neurological disorder using an interesting stylus with his personal digital assistant.

Remote-access software gets 508-compliant

Danware Data A/S of Denmark has modified its NetOp Remote Control system administrator software so that it meets the mandates set forth by Section 508; the company says it's the first remote access software to do so.

IBM brings text-to-speech to the Linux desktop

IBM Corp. researchers are bringing text-to-speech capabilities to the Linux desktop.<br>

State & Local

States to get $500 million for election reform

Congress has appropriated $500 million in the catchall spending bill for grants to states to improve voting technology.<br>

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