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Usability University Course: Evaluating Accessibiilty Compliance Using STEP508

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From: Conrad Mulligan
Date: May 25, 2004 11:40AM









The General Service Administration (GSA) and the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are sponsoring a new,
comprehensive usability training program called Usability University. Usability
University will offer federal staff and federal contractors a variety of user
experience training opportunities including free seminars and in-depth courses
at nominal rates. The purpose of this initiative is to share, promote, and
demonstrate usability policies, methods, research, and best practices to improve
the usability of federal Web sites and other communication technologies. These
seminars and courses are designed to provide current, hands-on, practical
training for Web developers, editors, content managers, marketing staff, and
others.

On June 23-24, Usability University will host a
course entitled "Evaluating Accessibility Compliance Using STEP508".
STEP508, the Simple Tool for
Error Prioritization for Section 508
compliance, is a new electronic tool that:

Prioritizes the repairs you should make to ensure
that your Web site is compliant with the accessibility requirements of
<A
href="http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=content&;amp;amp;id=3"><FONT
face=Arial color=#004080 size=2>Section 508<FONT face=Arial
size=2>.
Provides the metrics to report your progress in
improving the accessibility of your site over time.
Details of the course, cost, and registration
information are shown below. For more information on the Usability
University and upcoming training programs and workshops, please visit <A
href="http://www.usability.gov/usabilityuniversity/training.html"><FONT
face=Arial
size=2>http://www.usability.gov/usabilityuniversity/training.html<;FONT
face=Arial size=2> and <A
href="http://www.usability.gov/usabilityuniversity/seminar.html"><FONT
face=Arial
size=2>http://www.usability.gov/usabilityuniversity/seminar.html



<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Evaluating Accessibility Compliance Using STEP508
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<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Instructors:
Andrew
Kirkpatrick
Project
Manager, WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
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size=2>
Debra
Ruh
President
and Founder, TecAccess, LLC
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size=2>
<FONT
size=2>Date:
Wednesday
and Thursday, June 23-24, 2004
<FONT
size=2>
<FONT
size=2>Time:
9:30 a.m.
- 4:30 p.m.
<FONT
size=2>
<FONT
size=2>Place:
General
Services Administration
1800 F
Street, NW, Room 5007
<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Washington, DC 20407
(Nearest
Metro station is Farragut West)
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size=2>
<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Fee:
$350
Early registration (thru Friday, June 11, 2004)
$400
Registration (after Friday, June 11, 2004)
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size=2>
<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Objectives:
Learn how
to install and use STEP508 with accessibility evaluation tools.<SPAN
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Review STEP508 output and ways to
utilize it to repair Web site errors and report results.<SPAN
style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Understand the strengths, limitations,
and upcoming enhancements of STEP508
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size=2>
Who
should attend:
<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Usability/IT specialists, web site designers/editors, program managers,
EEO or accessibility specialists.
<FONT
size=2>
<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Registration required:
<A
href="http://www.usability.gov/usabilityuniversity/training.html"><FONT
face=Arial
size=2>http://www.usability.gov/usabilityuniversity/training.html
<FONT
size=2>
<FONT face=Arial
size=2>Questions:
Email
<FONT face=Arial
size=2> <EMAIL REMOVED>
Call
GSA's Usability Solutions Group: 202.208.7282