508 Training

The 508 Universe serves as a central hub for GSA's section 508 training and information resources. In it you can access each of the topic- specific courses that address 508 implementation as well as explore Web links and a glossary of 508-related terms. When you first visit the site, you will be asked to set up a username and password. No additional information is required in the registration process; you are not asked for any identifying or personal data. The username is used to track where you are in the courses so that should you choose to leave a course before finishing it, you can choose to "resume" when you next enter the Universe. This eliminates any possible security risk of using cookies, and no files are written to your computer.

If this is your first time visiting our training area, you will need to REGISTER to enter the 508 Universe and access the available courses listed below.

If you have previously registered for the 508 Universe training, you will not need to do so again. Simply enter your assigned username and password in the "User Login" area on the right, and select 508 Universe to enter the Section 508 Universe. Please review the 508 User Help Guidance for additional information regarding the Universe.
Section 508 Universe User Guidance

The Section 508 Awareness CD is now available online. This CD contains general section 508 information for all employees, as well as a self-test and copies of the statute, accessibility standards, and relevant sections of the FAR.

"Acquiring Technology: What Every Federal Employee Needs to Know About Section 508" is currently being revised. You may still use the information provided below to do training. When the revised course material is available, it will replace the version here (February 2005).

The course will still be offered to local Federal Government Agencies (Washington, DC and surrounding metro areas) and to Federal Government Agency field/regional offices (with a minimum of 30 students per class). More information is available by contracting Helen Chamberlain at helen.chamberlain@gsa.gov.

"Acquiring Technology: What Every Federal Employee Needs to Know"
Training Material and Instructor Guide

The Acquiring Technology training is a 3.5 hour course that provides and overview of the Requiring Official's role in the acquisition planning and preparation as it relates to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The following link provides the training material that you will need to conduct this course within your organization including an Instructor Guide. The material may be printed and tailored to your organizational environment.

Acquiring Technology Training Materials