Previous Sessions

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November 20, 2014 1:00pm ET
Topic :Section 508 and the HHS Section 508 Enterprise Lifecycle

Description :

This session of the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar series will offer a case study of how one agency incorporates accessibility into the process of engineering and deploying large systems. The presenter will describe how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ensures accessibility from the first idea until the system is retired. He will discuss how to integrate Section 508 into the established process for development. The challenges of the iterative development process involved with such products as Agile, and the tradeoffs with large customizable off the shelf software packages will be addressed.

Accessibility isn't really that difficult if it is incorporated into the Enterprise Performance Life Cycle from the beginning.

Who should attend? :

This training is geared for government employees and contractors working in the enterprise life cycle, and for those involved in incorporating Section 508 into their agency processes. This event is for people who want to learn more about how to integrate accessibility into the development process.
Presenters :
·Mark D. Urban - HHS Program Team Co-Chair and CDC Section 508 Coordinator

Moderator :
·Timothy Creagan - Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
September 30, 2014 1:00pm ET
Topic :"Accessibility for Gov Communicators: Tactics and Techniques You Can Use Today to Keep Your Projects on the Right Side of Section 508 Rules"

Description :

It's every government communicator's worst nightmare: You're rushing to meet a deadline, eager to make an important press announcement online or release a critical tool-like an application form-on your website. You're coming down the home stretch with the finish line in your sights, when out of the blue, your project fails its 508 check. "Not compliant," your IT staff or 508 coordinator inform you, "We can't publish this."

Want to learn how to steer clear of this situation? Join the Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice, the Access Board, and the Federal Communicators Network for a webinar on accessibility tactics and techniques. Avoid getting your material bounced back to you with tips you can use in your public affairs, digital communications, and internal/employee communications work. We will cover the creation of content, both external and internal to the agency, common areas in which communications projects run into issues, how accessibility benefits your audience, and how and when to work with your 508 coordinator and IT shop on accessibility.We will address the issues that you need to be aware of when you present your message to fellow members of your agency or to the public.

Accessibility isn't really that difficult once you know what you're doing. So, keep yourself out of hot water: register today!

Who should attend? :

This training is geared for government employees and contractors working in public affairs, digital communications, and internal/employee communications. This event is for people who are experienced communicators and want to learn more about how accessibility rules and best practices affect and enhance their work.
Presenters :
·Don Barrett - Section 508 Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education
·Britt Ehrhardt - Federal Communicators Network
·Matthew T. Harmon - Director of Web Operations & Communications, DHS
·Bernetta Reese - Web and New Media Manager (Acting), First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
·Dick Stapleton - Deputy Director, Digital Communications Division, HHS

Moderator :
·Timothy Creagan - Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
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.
Presenters :
·Timothy Creagan - 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.
·Ben Lippincott - 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, mywirelessreview.com, 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.
·Jamal Mazrui - 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.

Moderator :
·Deborah Kaplan - Senior Advisor, Section 508 Policy Lead,Office of the CIO, HHS
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
May 22, 2014 1:00pm ET
Topic :Assistive Technology and 508

Description :

What is assistive technology (AT)? How is it used? How do different agencies provide it? What trends exist in the federal government regarding AT usage? What are future trends likely to be? What are some common workarounds when AT and regular IT don't interact well? This webinar will be useful to Section 508 practitioners who do not have the opportunity to work with assistive technology and who are not really sure of the distinction between assistive technology and accessibility. This webinar will provide examples of the differences between accessibility and assistive technology used to achieve access. The panelists will discuss different approaches to managing requests for AT within the federal government. For many employees with disabilities and members of the public, AT is vitally important in allowing them to obtain access to information and data provided by technology. This webinar will focus on this very relevant topic. These panelists will discuss how their agencies use AT, what barriers they have faced in obtaining and using AT and how to proceed when the AT and IT are not compatible and a workaround is needed.

Who should attend? :

Chief Information OfficersChief Acquisition OfficersAgency Policy-Makers508 practitioners
Presenters :
·Timothy Creagan - 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.
·Mark Rew - Team Lead Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
Mark Rew is the team lead for the team providing accommodations to individuals with low vision, who are blind, and who have cognitive disabilities within the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). CAP provides assistive technology to assure that individuals with disabilities and wounded service members have equal access to the IT environment and opportunities of the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies. Mr. Rew's team performs needs assessments to provide the appropriate accommodations for the job requirements. The team purchases the equipment and training free to the individual and free to the agency. Mr. Rew is the Section 508 coordinator for Military Health Systems and supports IT staff with access and interoperability technical issues. Mr. Rew is involved with out reach and education to agencies, vendors, and advocacy groups. CAP has provided over 81,500 accommodations to the Department of Defense and 66 partner agencies. Mr. Rew holds a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Bowie State University.
·Terry Triggs - Front Line Manager 508 Customer Support,IRS
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·Alison Levy - Disability Employment Program Manager U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Moderator :
·Deborah Kaplan - Senior Advisor, Section 508 Policy Lead,Office of the CIO, HHS
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
March 25, 2014 1:00pm ET
Topic :How Four Federal Agencies Handle Section 508 Testing: A Case Study

Description :

How do different federal agencies conduct Section 508 testing? What are some of the issues faced by different agencies and how do they address them? How do agencies make the most of their existing resources to implement testing? What recommendations do these agencies have for other agencies? This webinar will provide an overview of how four different agencies conduct Section 508 testing: Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor. The panelists will discuss the resources available to their agency, how they conduct testing and what they have learned as a result of their experiences. Their experiences run the spectrum from developing programs with minimal resources and developing infrastructures to more mature programs with robust resources and institutionalized processes.

Who should attend? :

Chief Information OfficersChief Acquisition OfficersAgency Policy-Makers508 practitioners
Presenters :
·Don Barrett - Section 508 Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education
·Jonni Burnham - Acting Manager Disability Resource Center-Department of Transportation
·Jennifer Horan - Section 508 Program Manager Department of Labor
·Mark Urban
Moderator :
·Timothy Creagan - Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
January 28, 2014 1:00pm ET
Topic :Federal Accessibility Communities of Practice, Now and in the Future

Description :

When an agency is attempting to become 508-conformant, what resources are available? What communities of experts in accessibility are available in the Federal government to agencies looking for information how to make websites and documents accessible? What resources exist for repeatable and reliable testing across agencies? This webinar will provide an overview of three communities of practices currently working on areas of concern to Federal agencies: web accessibility, document accessibility and testing and evaluating Web and software applications. The presenters will discuss how their respective communities of practice arose out of a desire for collaboration and information sharing to address common issues and concerns. In addition, there will be a look towards the future, addressing possible future communities of practice that are currently in development.

Intended Audience: Web developers, administrators, testers, document authors, applications developers or testers, mobile developers or project managers, and 508 practitioners
Presenters :
·Don Barrett - Section 508 Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education
·Norman Robinson - Office of Accessible Systems & Technology, Department of Homeland Security
·Bruce Bailey - Accessibility IT Specialist U.S. Access Board
·Allen Hoffman - Office of Accessible Systems & Technology, Department of Homeland Security

Moderator :
·Timothy Creagan - Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
November 21, 2013 1:00pm ET
Topic :Validating Section 508 Compliance in the Procurement and Development Processes - The DHS "Trusted Tester" Program

Description :

How can an agency use a standardized test approach to accurately evaluate ICT for Section 508 compliance? This webinar will provide an overview of the standards-based approach developed and used by the Department of Homeland Security for testing and evaluating Web and software applications. The presenters will discuss how their need for reliable and repeatable testing across agencies pushed them to develop the "Trusted Tester" concept whereby people are trained and tested on using standards-based test and evaluation procedures to ensure consistent and accurate test results that can be shared across agencies and reduce redundant testing.

The recommended audience is Chief Information Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Agency Policy-Makers and 508 practitioners.
Presenters :
·William Peterson - Executive Director, Office of Accessible Systems and Technology,Department of Homeland Security
·Kathy Eng - DHS Team Lead for Testing, Office of Accessible Systems and Technology,Department of Homeland Security

Moderator :
·Timothy Creagan - Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
September 24, 2013 1:00pm ET
Topic :WCAG 2.0 and the 508 Refresh

Description :

The Section 508 Standards are in the process of being updated. The most current proposal in the rulemaking process, an ANPRM released December, 2011 proposes that the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) be incorporated by reference into the Section 508 standards. http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/draft-rule-2011 Until a final rule is published, agencies must comply with the current Section 508 Standards. Agencies may use equivalent facilitation to meet or exceed the current standards. This webinar will serve as an introduction to web accessibility using the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines. The webinar will introduce website developers and application programmers, web content authors and visual designers, 508 Coordinators, managers and decision makers to accessibility techniques in the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.


The webinar will do the following:
  • Describe the benefits of web accessibility for people with and without disabilities
  • Define the basic concepts of WCAG 2.0, its organizing principles and guidelines
  • Explain the role of the W3C/WAI Guidelines in providing a technical standard for accessibility
  • Explain the concepts of WCAG 2.0 and list its supporting documents
  • Use WCAG 2.0 documents to support practical implementation and testing
  • Explain the improvements and benefits of WCAG 2.0
Presenters :
·Bruce Bailey - Accessibility IT Specialist U.S. Access Board

Moderator :
·Tim Creagan
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance(COA) (1.5 credits)
July 30, 2013 1:00pm ET
Topic :508 Reporting Template and Baseline Assessment Plan

Description :

On January 24, 2013, OMB published the “Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act - A Framework for Enhancing and Sustaining Management Improvements to Increase the Accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology.” The Strategic Plan required the CIO Council Accessibility Committee (CIOC-AC) to develop a standard government-wide template for agencies to use in reporting baseline compliance of key measures. This template is intended to help agencies conduct a baseline assessment of the maturity and effectiveness of their Section 508 programs.

This webinar will provide a detailed explanation of the template, along with guidelines for how to evaluate an agency’s 508 program for purposes of completing the template. Noteworthy deadlines will be identified, and the webinar will describe the Accessibility Committee’s plans for reviewing the initial agency assessments required by the Strategic Plan.

Presenters :
·Deborah Kaplan - Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS
Deborah Kaplan has been involved in technology accessibility for many years and in a variety of roles. At the World Institute on Disability, where she also served as Executive Director for 8 years, she pioneered projects on technology policy focused on universal design in technology as a goal. She headed the Accessibility Technology Initiative for the California State University System, and she currently is the Section 508 Policy Lead in the Office of the Chief Information Technology Officer at the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency. She is also on the Executive Committee of the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Change. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
·Katie Pittman - Special Assistant, Veterans Health Administration

Moderator :
May 28, 2013 1:00pm ET
Topic :Implementing Section 508 Into the Procurement Process-How one agency does it

Description :

How can an agency use the Section 508 standards to procure ICT? What tools are available to an agency when procuring ICT? How does the Buy Accessible Wizard help an agency procure ICT? What does it mean to perform due diligence on a procurement? What questions must an agency answer to conduct a procurement which is compliant with Section 508? What are the procedures and practices which an agency can follow? This webinar is an overview of the procurement practices of one agency, Health and Human Services, showing how their team uses Section 508 and the Buy Accessible Wizard to procure accessible ICT. The process demonstrated here is not a recommended best practice, but it is a case study of how one agency implements accessible procurements. The recommended audience is Chief Information Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Agency Policy-Makers and 508 practitioners.

Presenters :
·Tim Creagan - 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.
·Helen Chamberlain - Program Director-Section 508, GSA-IT Accessibility and Workforce Division
Helen Chamberlain is a Program Director for the General Services Administrations (GSA) Office of Government wide Policy (OGP), IT Accessibility and Workforce Division. She is the central point of contact for the Federal Government Section 508 program providing technical assistance with the implementation of the Section 508 Standard within the Federal Government. Before assuming her current position, Helen served as an Information Technology Liaison and IT Security Officer for the Office of Personnel Management, Chief Information Officers Office (OPM/CIO). She also served as a member of the Federal CIO Council Education and Training Sub committee for the Federal Workforce Development Initiative. She has her master’s certificate in project management and is also a graduate of the Assistive Technology Certificate Program at California State University at Northridge. She is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the Defense Acquisition University and is Level 1 certified in the Army Acquisition Corps. She has also attained certification through the International Society of Configuration Management (ISCM) as a software configuration manager.
·Dore Fessler - Procurement Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator :
·Katie Pittman - Senior Analyst - Dept of Veterans Affairs, Accessibility Committee Executive Support
March 28, 2013
Topic :SECTION 508 STRATEGIC PLAN AND WEB ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Description :

On January 24, 2013, the OMB issued a Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/procurement/memo/strategic-plan-508-compliance.pdf

The plan specifies roles and responsibilities for managing Section 508 compliance within federal agencies and throughout the federal government. It also includes deadlines and milestones to be met by all agencies, as well as some by specific entities. This webinar will provide a basic introduction to the Strategic Plan, its background, its provisions and what to expect as a result of it.

One of the requirements is for agencies to include an accessibility statement on all inter-and intranet websites. The Best Practices Subcommittee of the Accessibility Committee has been asked to develop guidance and a sample statement, which will be reviewed in this webinar.

Presenters :
·Deborah Kaplan - Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS
Deborah Kaplan has been involved in technology accessibility for many years and in a variety of roles. At the World Institute on Disability, where she also served as Executive Director for 8 years, she pioneered projects on technology policy focused on universal design in technology as a goal. She headed the Accessibility Technology Initiative for the California State University System, and she currently is the Section 508 Policy Lead in the Office of the Chief Information Technology Officer at the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency. She is also on the Executive Committee of the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Change. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
·Katie Pittman - Special Assistant, Veterans Health Administration

Moderator :
January 29, 2013
Topic :SECTION 508 LEADERSHIP CORE COMPETENCIES

Description :

What does it mean to manage a 508 Program, compared to having a 508 Coordinator? Who are the key agency leaders and stakeholders who must be involved? What are the most important roles for a 508 Program Manager? How can 508 be incorporated into the agency's operational and service delivery processes? This webinar is based on the published best practice,"Section 508 Leadership Core Competencies", which can be found at the Accessibility Best Practices Library of the CIO Council Accessibility Committee. The recommended audience is Chief Information Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Agency Policy-Makers and 508 practitioners.

Presenters :
·Robert C. Baker - Section 508 Coordinator, Social Security Administration
·Bill Peterson
·Don Barrett - Section 508 Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education

Moderator :
·Deborah Kaplan - Senior Advisor, Section 508 Policy Lead,Office of the CIO, HHS