Thread Subject: Re: collecting 508 market research info
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From: Jim Tobias
Date: Tue, May 29 2007 3:05 PM
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Just to make it clear what Terry was responding to:
This might work well as part of a general recommendation to the Access
"The Committee recommends that the Access Board develop or participate in
the development of
informational materials that would be useful to federal agencies and others
in the implementation
of the regulations. These resources could include:
- assistive technologies, both categories and specific models, used by
agencies and individuals
- implementation notes on the compatibility of assistive technologies and
E&IT products and services
- implementation notes on the accessibility features of E&IT products and
- results of Section 508 market research performed by federal agencies"
Terry Weaver wrote:
"I don't think that the last point should be included - it isn't at all an
easy thing to collect and some agencies consider this info to be acquisition
sensitive information. Section 508 market research information really
hasn't anything to do with assistive technology either."
I wasn't proposing that collecting 508 market research info be mandatory,
only that it's a good idea when it can be done,
and that some agencies might agree to share their results, including AT
testing results, with others. If I understand you
correctly, there is sensitivity to releasing market research info before the
deal is made because it may affect the
procurement. Would it be okay if the info were released after the deal was
made? My only goal in proposing this is to
economize on federal market research and testing expenses, because I know
that resources are limited. Please
correct me if I'm missing something.
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