Section 508 Best Practices Webinar

This series of webinars will address a variety of issues associated with ensuring federal agencies have the knowledge they need to meet their obligations under Section 508. The sessions are 90 minutes in length. Real-Time captioning and Video Sign Language Interpreter are available for each session and will be broadcast via the webinar platform.

A telephone option for receiving audio is also available (non-toll free number).
Next Session:Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00pm ET
Topic : Wireless Technology and 508
Description :
What are common accessibility barriers to users of wireless technology? (i.e., cell phones, smartphones, tablets, eReaders and other mobile devices.) What has the wireless industry done to address accessibility? What resources exist to find out which devices are more accessible? Which 508 standards apply to wireless technology?

This webinar will be valuable for users with disabilities, 508 practitioners and IT professionals involved in making wireless device selections and decisions. It will provide basic information about the wide range of wireless devices and accessibility. The 508 standards can be challenging to apply to this area of technology since they were developed when telephones were primarily used for two-way voice communication. Today wireless telephones may incorporate many features, such as two-way voice communication, texting, web surfing, game playing and content creation. In addition, these features may be found in a variety of platforms for smartphones and tablets. This session will examine the relevant Section 508 standards and will provide information on resources available to research the accessibility features of specific wireless products. The FCC Clearinghouse on Accessible Products will be discussed as well as the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative . The webinar will also include tips for evaluating wireless products.

The recommended audience is Chief Information Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Agency policy-makers, IT professionals, 508 practitioners and employees with disabilities.
Senior Accessibility Specialist U.S. Access Board
Mr. Creagan joined the US Access Board in 2006 to oversee standards development for electronic and information technologies. He currently serves as the Designated Federal Official for the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC). He was formerly the Director of Consumer Training for the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) and before that he was the Director of Public Policy for Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly SHHH). Mr. Creagan is a nationally recognized expert on accessible electronic and information technology and telecommunications. He has spoken and written extensively on disability rights, digital wireless telephones, Internet relay services, and interactive voice response systems. Mr. Creagan has testified before state legislatures and multiple federal agencies on the importance of assistive technology to people with disabilities. Mr. Creagan received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Industry Relations Manager, Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center
Ben Lippincott serves as project director for T1: Industry and Consumer Outreach, Education & Support. Ben has been Manager of Industry Relations for the RERC for the last eight years and is based at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Ben serves as the primary point of contact for the RERC's industry partners and coordinates their involvement in RERC research and development efforts. Highlights of his work in this position include co-editorship of the consumer website,, his involvement in the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) Hearing Aid Compatibility working group, and editorship of the RERC's monthly e-newsletter, Re:Wireless, that reaches over 400 wireless industry professionals.

Previously, he was sales and marketing manager for International Business Machines. He covered the Southeast region of the US, selling Intel-based servers to small and medium-sized businesses. Ben received his BA in English and Business Management from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Manager, Accessibility Clearinghouse, Federal Communications Commission
Jamal Mazrui works at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Manager, Accessibility Clearinghouse. The FCC's Accessibility Clearinghouse is a Congressionally-mandated web repository of information about accessible communications products and services. It is mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), which also requires the FCC to promote this resource to the public. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Accessibility and Innovation Initiative. The Initiative, launched by the FCC Chairman in 2010, seeks to facilitate collaborative problem-solving among industry, consumer, and government stakeholders so that people with disabilities can reap the full benefit of broadband communication technologies. To achieve this goal, the Initiative uses techniques of open government such as challenge competitions, developer meet-ups, and shared data about accessible solutions.

Prior to joining the FCC, Jamal worked as a legislative analyst at the National Council on Disability, and before that, as a database administrator at the Kennedy School of Government. He graduated with a Bachelor's in operations research from Princeton University in 1986 and with a Master's in public policy from Harvard University in 1988. Information technology and public policy have been strong interests of his, professionally and personally.
Senior Advisor, Section 508 Policy Lead,Office of the CIO, HHS