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Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Accessibility for Government Communicators
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 01:00pm - 02:30pm
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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.


  • Don Barrett, Section 508 Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education
  • Britt Ehrhardt, Federal Communicators Network
  • Matt 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

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 the Federal Communicators Network