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September 2008 Assistive Technology Day - The Center for Information Technology Accommodation, CITA will host an Assistive Technology Day event on September 25th in the GSA, Central Office, Room 1216 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (demonstrations are one hour long and repeated each hour ending at 3 p.m.) NetCentric Technologies Inc., will provide demonstrations on their CommonLook for Adobe Acrobat, PDF Enterprise Compliance Management Framework, CommonLook for the Web, and PDF Accessibility Wizard (PAW). If you are interested in making your websites and applications 508 compliant then this presentation will provide you with various options to consider in meeting your organizations needs.

The Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase (IDEAS) is GSA's yearly premier event focusing on topics of interest to the 508 and 504 community. On November 14, 2008, IDEAS will introduce educational sessions on acquisition practices, electronic and information technology accessibility, 508 law and standards, tools to research and locate 508 products and services, and assistive technology products exhibits. Register for this exciting event at!


View the hearing webcast from May 1, 2008 on Draft Legislation Enhancing Access to Broadband Technology and Services for Persons with Disabilities. Also, view the Draft Act.

VENDORS! The new BuyAccessible Product and Services Directory is available! You can:

Vendors should also refer to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial "Electronic and Information Technology" products and services with features that support accessibility.

GOVERNMENT PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT OFFICIALS should refer to the BuyAccessible Wizard (BAW) to:

  • conduct your market research on accessible electronic and information technology products and services
  • meet your 508 requirements to acquire accessible products and services.

Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. IT Accessibility & Workforce Division, in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
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