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Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Assistive Technology and 508
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 01:00pm - 02:30pm
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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.

The recommended audience is Chief Information Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Agency Policy-Makers and 508 practitioners.


  • Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Mark Rew, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
  • Terry Triggs, Front Line Manager, 508 Customer Support, IRS
  • Alison Levy, Disability Employment Program Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Moderator: Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS

To Register:
On-line registration is available at
Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session.

Co-sponsored by the Accessibility Committee of the CIO Council, the U. S. Access Board, and eFedLink/ODEP

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to electronic and information technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Committee of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board and eFedLink.