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Re: What is happening with the update of section 508?


From: Bevi Chagnon
Date: Nov 28, 2011 11:00AM

Commenting on Jared's points about federal govt agencies lack of
implementing Section 508, both old and forthcoming standards!

I've found so many heads of agencies (and offices, branches, divisions) who
don't know what Section 508 is nor how to deploy it throughout their agency.
I can't even begin to count the number of my federal students who say, gee,
my boss doesn't know what this is.

On top of that, many managers believe that "Section 508" is something
they'll have to do to a document or website after it is created, which we
know is a ridiculous, time-consuming strategy.

So the education of our federal managers hasn't been adequate. Given that
Section 508 is controlled by 3 federal agencies (U.S. Access Board, Dept. of
Justice, and GSA), it's no wonder that this critical follow-through has
slipped through the cracks.

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