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Access Board Webinar: Section 508 "Trusted Tester Program"

Posted By Anne Long | Mar 26, 2014

Access Board Webinar: Section 508 "Trusted Tester Program" (April 3)

The next webinar in the Access Board's free monthly series will take place April 3 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will cover evaluation and testing for compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which requires access to electronic and information technology in the federal sector. Federal agencies are responsible for accurately evaluating information and communication technology, including web and software applications, for Section 508 compliance. This webinar will review the standards-based approach to Section 508 evaluation and testing implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It will also cover DHS's "Trusted Tester" concept and how to implement reliable and repeatable Section 508 testing across agencies.

For more information, including registration instructions, visit

Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know

Posted By Anne Long | Mar 20, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled?  Read more>>

Webinar: “Introduction to ARIA” (Accessible Rich Internet Application )

Posted By Anne Long | Mar 18, 2014

The ADA National Network is hosting a new session for the Accessible Technology Webinar Series titled “Introduction to ARIA.”  

When:   March 27, 2014

Time:      1:00pm-2:30pm Central Time


Find out what Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) is and how it is important to accessibility in web design. See demonstrations of the effect ARIA roles, particularly landmark roles, can have on the accessibility of your web pages. Learn how easy it is to add ARIA landmark roles to your code in both standard HTML pages and in WordPress themes.



Virginia DeBolt, Consultant


Registration is available on-line at

Webinar: Getting the Right Mobility Equipment and Services

Posted By Anne Long | Mar 18, 2014

NSCIA Webinar
A program of United Spinal

Webinar: Getting the Right Mobility Equipment and Services        
Target Audience: Consumers, Medicare recipients, Wheelchair users, Advocates
Thurs, March 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Eastern Standard Time

Register For This Webinar

This webinar will describe what rules under Medicare may stop you from getting the power wheelchairs, prescription drugs and other medical supplies that you rely on. It will also show you what you can do to help improve your access to the medical equipment, prescription drugs, medical supplies, services and therapies you need.

You will learn more about legislation to improve access to customized wheelchairs and other medical equipment products which United Spinal, and other stakeholders have been spearheading and how you can get involved in getting better choice, quality, access and coverage.

Alexandra Bennewith, VP – Government Relations
United Spinal Association

Join the Conversation to Advance Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media

Posted By Anne Long | Mar 18, 2014

Save the Date!
Join the Conversation to Advance Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media
Submit ideas to help improve the user experience for people with disabilities
March 17 – April 4, 2014 

Do you use social media as part of your daily life? Do you have ideas on how social media can be made more accessible for everyone? The National Council on Disability (NCD)  and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) want to hear from you! 

You are invited to participate in a national online dialogue from March 17 through April 4 that aims to explore the value of social media in the lives of people with disabilities, particularly around work, and to identify accessibility issues and creative approaches to making social media tools more accessible and usable for everyone. The information gathered from this dialogue will then help NCD and ODEP further collaborate with the social media industry to implement solutions and improve the accessibility of these online tools. 

This event will be the first in a series of three social media accessibility online events to take place over the next several months.  Click this title “Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media – The User Experience to register to participate in this inaugural event.

ePolicyWorks is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy ePolicyWorks effort. Through this effort, multiple federal agencies work together to ensure that Americans with disabilities have equal access to employment and critical employment-related supports such as health care, education, transportation, housing and technology. ePolicyWorks leverages Web-based technology, stakeholder involvement and real-time information-sharing to facilitate a new approach to federal policy making.