Since issuing its standards for electronic and information technology, the Board has maintained a program of continuing on-line guidance and training on the requirements of the standards. These standards, issued under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, cover various technologies and means of disseminating information, including computers, software, web sites, and electronic office equipment .Federal agencies must ensure that the information technologies they procure are accessible according to the standards.
The Board has sponsored the development of a series of interactive web-based courses on different sections of the standards. The courses supplement previously released material and provide advanced guidance on how products can conform to the standards. Recently, three new courses were completed that cover requirements for:
The courses are part of the on-line “508 Universe” program which was developed by the Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative, an interagency partnership on the implementation of section 508.The program, which is available on the Initiative’s website at www.section508.gov, also provides a user-friendly introduction to the law, information on buying compliant products, and previously released courses on designing accessible websites and accessible video and multimedia.
Additional information on developing
accessible software has also been posted on the Board’s website. The
Board is also developing guidance materials on section 508 requirements for
telecommunications products that will also serve as the basis for an upcoming
tutorial. For additional resources, visit the Board's section 508 page.