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U.S. Access Board Seeks Financial Program Manager

April 24, 2024
U.S. Access Board logo. A blue star with a folded red top point. The words, United States Access Board, wrap around the star. The U.S. Access Board seeks a Financial Program Manager to serve in its Office of Administration. This Financial Program Manager will develop, coordinate, and maintain an integrated system of financial services to include accounting, budgeting, management-financial reporting, auditing, financial management and analysis, procurement . . .

Amy Nieves Named U.S. Access Board’s Public Affairs Specialist

April 08, 2024
Portrait of Amy Nieves Amy Nieves has been appointed Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Access Board in the Office of Executive Director (OED). In this role, Nieves will design, plan, and direct the Board’s public affairs program that includes managing its external communication channels, developing informational materials, handling media relations, leading outreach . . .

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Expand Protections for Airline Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs

February 29, 2024
Seal of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Three blue tear shapes chase one another, forming a circle with a three-point space in the middle. Wrapped around the design are the words: Department of Transportation, United States of America. Passengers who use wheelchairs often face accessibility barriers during air travel. In fact, more than 10,000 wheelchairs and other mobility devices are mishandled or damaged every year during air travel. In response to this, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would dramatically expand the rights and protections . . .

U.S. Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Los Angeles

February 28, 2024
A microphone connected to a podium stands before a seated audience. The microphone is in focus, and the audience is out of focus. The floor of the room is a light colored wood, and the ceiling is adorned with numerous rows of lights. The U.S. Access Board will hold a public town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 16 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. (PT) at the California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles, California. Presidentially appointed Access Board members and representatives from other federal member agencies will be present to . . .

U.S. Access Board Releases Videos Explaining Work of the Agency

January 12, 2024
Close-up of a white computer keyboard with a focus on the H, J, and K keys. The J key is blue instead of white, and instead of the letter J, it has the international symbol of accessibility on it. The U.S. Access Board’s YouTube channel is a helpful resource for watching Board meetings, shorts, training videos, and animations on accessibility guidelines and standards. The Board recently published three new videos on its YouTube channel to help explain the work of the agency and the resources that it offers . . .

U.S. Access Board Meeting and Webcast on January 24

January 03, 2024
Opened laptop with an image of a Board meeting on the screen. A row of nine people sit at a conference table in front of a projector screen. All are welcome to attend the next meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on January 24 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (ET). The agenda for the meeting includes brief reports from standing and ad hoc Board committees and the Executive Director, federal agency updates, and a guest presentation by Andrew Nielson, Director of . . .

GSA Issues Government-wide Section 508 Assessment to Congress

January 02, 2024
Logo of the General Services Administration: a blue square with The General Services Administration (GSA) recently issued a landmark report to Congress, which highlights the need for substantial improvements to federal Section 508 compliance. This report, the FY23 Government-wide Section 508 Assessment, evaluates reporting entities’ adherence to the criteria established by . . .

OMB Releases Guidance on Section 508 Implementation to Improve Digital Experience

December 22, 2023
Seal of the Office of Management and Budget over a blue background. The seal is based upon the Seal of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, with a banner reading Despite tens of millions of Americans living with a disability, nearly half of the most popular federal government websites are not fully accessible. In response, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recently published guidance to help strengthen digital accessibility and the management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Together with the OMB memo . . .

W3C WCAG 2.2 Now Available

November 27, 2023
Stylized graphic of W3C logo being assembled and lifted into place by three people.  A dark-skinned man in a red shirt sits on the left with a laptop.  In the middle, a medium skinned woman covered head to toe in purple hues, is lifting a large blue 3 to the right of a W.  On the right, a fair-skinned woman seated in wheelchair and wearing yellow, holds a large C in place. The Access Board congratulates the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) with publishing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 as a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation. WCAG 2.2 adds nine new Success Criteria to WCAG 2.1 (which added 17 Success Criteria to WCAG 2.0) and includes links to supporting documents that explain how to make web content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Public Affairs Specialist

October 31, 2023
The U.S. Access Board seeks a Public Affairs Specialist to serve in its Office of Executive Director. This Public Affairs Specialist will be responsible for developing and managing the agency's strategic communications, deploying press, digital, and analytic resources . . .