508 News Release

April Assistive Technology Day
The Center for Information Technology Accommodation, CITA will host an Assistive Technology Day event on Thursday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (demonstrations are one hour long and repeated each hour ending at 3 p.m.) Representives from Integration Technologies Group, Inc (ITG) will provide a demonstration of Dragon NationallySpeaking Professional with JSay the software to allow blind or low vision employee to input data into their computer with voice commands. In addition they will also demonstrate the Magic Wand Keyboard and Kensington Expert Mouse. All products demonstrated can be used by persons with disabilities and musculoskeletal disorders. Come to GSA, Room 1216 to learn how this technology can enhance your productivity in the workplace.


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:

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.