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U.S. Access Board Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Revised Section 508 Chapter 5 Software (including Mobile)

1:00 pm EDT September 26, 2017   |   Organized by: Great Lakes ADA Center


The revised Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines have significantly changed the way software is addressed in the existing Section 508 standards and Section 255 Guidelines (1998-2000). The incorporation by reference of WCAG 2.0 and the use of software on mobile devices such as phones and tablets are examples of these changes. Join us for this advanced session where the presenters will discuss the provisions of Chapter 5 Software. This will include a discussion of how the provisions of Chapter 5 apply to software that is integral to the use of telecommunications functions of a phone covered by the Section 255 Guidelines. They will address interoperability with assistive technology, applications and authoring tools, and explain how the WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria are used in this chapter.

The presenters in this session will discuss best practices, helpful tips, and will provide real-life examples to ensure that your agency is successfully engaging with all its stakeholders including those with disabilities.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The intended audience for this training is primarily application developers. All interested individuals are welcome, but much of the material assumes attendees have working knowledge of software development.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Bruce Bailey , Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology Specialist

Bruce Bailey has lead responsibility for the agency web site and with providing technical assistance on Section 508 as the policy relates to web sites and software. Bruce has been working for over twenty years in the field of assistive technology, and more than ten of those years in the Federal government. Bruce also is an invited expert with the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and an ex officio member of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS) Board.

Timothy Creagan , Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology

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.