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GSA Launches Section 508 Web Accessibility Training to Aid Compliance


GSA # 9848

July 11, 2001
Contact: Eleni Martin, (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov
Deborah K. Ruiz, (202) 501-1231
deborah.ruiz@gsa.gov


WASHINGTON, DC - On July 6, 2001, the U.S. General Services Administration launched the first of a series of free, self-paced, Web-based training modules designed to help federal agencies comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998.

Available as a link from the current Section 508 Web site at http://www.section508.gov, the training explains what accessibility is all about, what the Section 508 Standards are, and how to design for 508 compliance by exploring the Web-based course "Designing Accessible Web Sites." The course covers such topics as �Designing to the Standards,' �Alternatives for Multimedia,' and �On-line Forms and Adobe PDF Files,' among other lessons. The first module of training is designed to train Web masters on the development of Web pages to meet the Web-based Standards for Section 508, as specified in �1194.22 of the Federal Register published December 21, 2000.

The training will also include future modules to address training needs for procurement officers, human resources personnel as well as agency coordinators focused on Section 508 issues. Additionally, the Web site includes resource lists, a glossary and an interactive link to "ask the experts."

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property agency responsible for providing office space, supplies and services for the federal government. GSA operates and manages 1,800 government-owned buildings and 6,500 leased buildings while playing a key role in procuring and managing the government's massive inventory of computer and telecommunications equipment and services.

Since its creation in 1949, the agency has evolved from a mandatory supplier of space and products for federal civilian agencies to a non-mandatory provider of competitively-priced, high-quality office space, commercial products and military and civilian workforce solutions.