What accessibility resources are available here?
Section 508 Web Accessibility Tutorial
The Section 508 Web Accessibility Tutorial is available here.
This Course was written for the Information Technology and Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC), which was charged with providing accessibility training and technical assistance related to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. ITTATC was funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and is located at Georgia Institute of Technology, The Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access (CATEA). The Web Course, as I call it, is also available on the ITTATC training site
Lucky Chapter 13 of our new book, Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, consists an analysis of what can be tested with with software testing toools and a survey of six commercial testing tools and how they fare on a small set of test files. That chapter is included here in full consisting of 5 parts:
- What can be tested with software and what requires human judgement
- Working with six commercial tools
- The test files and issues they raise
- Results of the tools on the test files
Side-by side comparison of Section 508 and WCAG
This side-by-side comparison, sponsored by the Association of Tech Act Projects, first discusses the sixteen Section 508 Provisions for web accessibility and then the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The side by side comparison is structured in two tables. The first table lists each WCAG priority one checkpoint and indicates which Section 508 provisions are related. The second table lists the 508 provisions, and with each one the WCAG checkpoints (all priorities) that are related.
This is an analysis/study of techniques for "skip navigation" links (also "skip to main content" links). I advocated skip navigation links early on (around 1998) and urged adopting a provision for the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards when I served as vice chair of the Electronic and Information Technology Access Advisory Committee (EITAAC) that was empanelled by the US Access Board to propose standards to implement Section 508. The basic idea is to provide a method for people using screen readers to move from the top of the page to the beginning of the "main content" of the page. Over the past couple of years there has been a growing awareness of this issue, including awareness that those who are mobility impaired and cannot use the mouse have a similar requirement of needing to skip over the repetitive navigation links and get the main body of the page.
Web Accessibility - What not to do
Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 requires that all US federal agencies make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. To achieve that goal the U.S. Access Board published Accessibility Standards in December of 2000; those requirements became effective in June of 2001. The Access Board also published guides as assistance in interpreting the Accessibility Standards. The subject here is the home page of just one federal Agency. Amongst federal agencies, I would expect this Agency to be one of the most attuned to the needs of people with disabilities. But the Agency's home page stands out as an example of how not to do accessibility. It is clear that the designers of the page knew about accessibility techniques but they didn't have the slightest idea why! This is a lesson on how not to do accessibility.