The following announcement comes from the U.S. Access Board…
Federal Facilities & the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABA)
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the ABA, the Board will conduct a webinar on the law and the accessibility standards that are used to enforce it on September 6 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET).
Enacted in 1968, the ABA is the first law passed by Congress to address accessibility and applies to facilities funded by the federal government. The Access Board was created to enforce the ABA and will use this webinar to explain how it ensures compliance through the investigation of complaints. It will also review the most common barriers raised in complaints. The Board will be joined by a representative from the General Services Administration, which issues standards under the ABA, who will review the ABA standards and their application to federal facilities.
Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.
Section 508 Best Practices Webinar
The Board also offers a free webinar series on standards issued under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which requires access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. The next webinar in this series will take place September 25 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will address how to integrate accessibility into the IT lifecycle. It will cover strategies and best practices for incorporating access into the engineering and deployment of large IT systems and explain the Agile Development process, and how agencies can deploy it while addressing accessibility needs.
The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the Board.