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An Accessibility Forums presentation from their meeting on Oct. 29, 2002 at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. Discusses metrics, objective measures of Section 508 - and implementation by Federal agencies into their procurement / acquisition processes.

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  • Thanks to Judy for putting these people together.
  • The stated mission of The Forum is to identify, prioritize, and conduct projects that assist government in making informed decisions about Section 508 related procurement, and allow government, industry, and users to communicate and highlight areas where further effort is needed. As the sponsor we would like to challenge the Forum leadership to have the Forum take steps to recommend and define some specific tools that would facilitate the procurement process for government agencies and vendors alike. For example, the Section 508 coordinators have told us they would be very interested in having … Applicability Assistant Tool Procurement Assessment Tool for requiring and procuring officials We think these kinds of tools will be significant to both purchasers and providers.
  • Work to date has been recognized --- refer to reviews with Access Board and section 508 working group
  • You may want to say that this would provide sample language for inclusion in RFPs as well as example approaches for evaluating and verifying responses Hetzner: automated is another potentially explosive word. Mature the Applicability Tool into a Procurement Assessment Assistant might be better.
  • So what is the challenge …. (slide) I realize the Council has had no insight yet to these ideas and it is appropriate that they do. So I have asked Mary Beth Janes as Council Chair to convene a Council meeting as soon as possible to review these ideas. (Q&A as you wish) Consideration: can you or do you wish to describe how you see the Forum as an active agent in this work beyond 3/31/2003? During Q&A you are quite likely to get a question about the future of the Forum; this might provide a good basis for any comments you can make in that respect.
  • This slide posted during Mary Mitchell’s remarks
  • This slide posted during Mary Mitchell’s remarks
  • Accessibility Forum Webcast 2002

    1. 1. Accessibility Forum Webcast October 29, 2002 Our thanks to the National Science Foundation for hosting this event
    2. 2. Introduction to the October, 2002 Accessibility Forum Webcast Mary Mitchell Deputy Associate Administrator (Acting) Office of Electronic Government and Technology (GSA)
    3. 3. Accessibility Forum Webcast Agenda Overview (1 of 4) <ul><li>10:00 AM - Welcome and Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Mitchell (GSA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10:10 AM - Agenda Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jack Corley (Forum Staff) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10:15 AM - Accessibility in the International Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teleconference participants from Europe and Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>11:00 AM - Forum Projects Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bill Hetzner and Jim Kindrick (Forum Staff) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Agenda Overview (2 of 4) <ul><li>11:45 AM - ATIA / ITI / Forum Interoperability Project Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chris Hofstader (Forum Council / Freedom Scientific) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>12:00 PM - Forum Director’s Address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Terry Weaver (GSA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>12:15 PM - Break for Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>1:15 PM - OMB Update </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lesley Field (Office of Federal Procurement Policy) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Agenda Overview (3 of 4) <ul><li>1:35 PM - Panel: Advocacy / Consumer Perspective on the Progress of 508 </li></ul><ul><li>2:35 PM - Review of Government Agency Surveys and Interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Terry Weaver (GSA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joy Gatewood-Fulton (Forum Staff) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Agenda Overview (4 of 4) <ul><li>3:05 PM - Creative Technological Compliance with Section 508 Across Various Agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dave Gardy, TV Worldwide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3:35 PM - “New Business” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Beth Janes (Council Chair, Apple) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3:45 PM - Closing remarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skip Crane (Forum Staff) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4:00 PM - Reception </li></ul>
    7. 7. Accessibility in the International Community
    8. 8. Participants <ul><li>Hiroshi Kawamura </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of the International and Information Departments Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inmaculada Placencia Porrero </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications Relating to the Disabled and Elderly Information Society Directorate General European Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Judy Brewer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moderator - Skip Crane (Forum Staff) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Accessibility Forum Projects Bill Hetzner Jim Kindrick
    10. 10. Outline <ul><li>Background to the current Project Resource Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for reviewing the current Project Resource Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the Objective Measures Resource Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the AT-E&IT Interoperability Resource Documents </li></ul>
    11. 11. Background to the Current Resource Documents (1 of 2) <ul><li>Produced by Project Teams made up of Forum Members (started August, 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Two Teams: Objective Measures and AT-E&IT Interoperability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each has over 50 people signed up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work conducted: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biweekly Teleconferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email Discussions and Message Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working sessions at Forum Meetings </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Background to the Current Resource Documents (2 of 2) <ul><li>Conducted Project Workshops (September 23-25, 2002) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Management Council provided schedule direction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants attending provided input on form and content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focused Resource Documents on technical clarity and shared understanding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The basis for deriving assistance materials or guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice of the Customer </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Plans for Reviewing the Resource Document <ul><li>Documents released 10/22-10/23/02 for Forum Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>URL sent via email to every Forum Member </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review ends 11/8/02 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments and issues can be submitted via email to Project Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Teams will consider and incorporate input as appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final Resource Documents to be released 12/02/02 </li></ul>
    14. 14. Next Steps <ul><li>Listening to the Voice of the Customer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews with Federal requiring officials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inputs from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inputs from Section 508 Coordinators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Getting direction from the Strategic Management Council </li></ul>
    15. 15. Objective Measures Resource Documents: Purpose <ul><li>Analysis of the Standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized by Technical Sections of the Standard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scope of specific Technical Provisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on clarification and common understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many iterations to develop ‘Analysis Template’ </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Objective Measures Resource Documents: Organization <ul><li>Template for Analysis of the Standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Terms and Definitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assumptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outstanding Issues/Clarifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurement Preconditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Collection or Measurement Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Related Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments and Suggestions </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Objective Measures Resource Documents: Steps Taken <ul><li>Preliminary Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produced as discussion starter for Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on available materials: ‘Naive’ Perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporated inputs from Project Team dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Included research on related resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review with Access Board Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarification for outstanding issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Validation of definitions and assumptions </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Objective Measures Resource Documents: Content (1 of 2) <ul><li>1194.21 Software and Operating Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12 Provisions: 10 Definitions, 19 Assumptions, 12 Clarifications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>16 Provisions: 10 Definitions, 24 Assumptions, 3 Clarifications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1194.23 Telecommunication products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>14 Provisions: 2 Definitions, 27 Assumptions, 11 Clarifications </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Objective Measures Resource Documents: Content (2 of 2) <ul><li>1194.24 Video and multimedia products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Provisions: 13 Definitions, 8 Assumptions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1194.25 Self contained, closed products information and applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>13 Provisions: 5 Definitions, 25 Assumptions, 4 Clarifications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1194.26 Desktop and portable computers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 Provisions: 1 Clarification </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. AT-E&IT Interoperability Projects Overview <ul><li>General changes from September Workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dropped “Questions” sections from all documents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Redundant in concept, if not practice, with Objective Measures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Questions may be part of subsequent tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Common outline (almost) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applicable Interoperability Provisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interoperability as it applies to technical section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How E&IT products work with AT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing face of current products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggestions for realizing interoperability in current products </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. AT-E&IT Interoperability Projects Detail (1 of 4) <ul><li>1194.21 Software and O/S </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most mature, most vetted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes GNOME Accessibility Framework, Java Accessibility, Linux Accessibility, Microsoft Active Accessibility, and W3C DOM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional section on Evaluation Copies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A catalyst for the ATIA/ITI/Forum activity </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. AT-E&IT Interoperability Projects Detail (2 of 4) <ul><li>1194.22 Web-based Information and Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NEW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some input from the working group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concern that the technology is changing too fast to keep up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No “changing face” section </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs broad review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1194.23 Telecommunication Products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fairly mature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Input primarily from working group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs broader review </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. AT-E&IT Interoperability Projects Detail (3 of 4) <ul><li>1194.24 Video and Multimedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Somewhat mature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Input from small working group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs broader review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1194.25 Self-contained, Closed Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No interoperability requirements, by definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functions associated with self-contained, closed systems are part of other technical sections. </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. AT-E&IT Interoperability Projects Detail (4 of 4) <ul><li>1194.26 Desktop and Personal Computers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only one provision addresses interoperability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NEW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs broad review </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Summary <ul><li>Reviewed the development of the Project Resource Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Completed review of these documents with the Project Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Posted documents for review and comment by all Forum members </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for next steps </li></ul>
    26. 26. ATIA / ITI / Forum Interoperability Working Group Mission and Goals Chris Hofstader
    27. 27. Short Term Goals (1 of 2) <ul><li>Identify the areas where Assistive Technology applications and Electronic Information Technology applications need to provide a standard means of communication where by applications and assistive technology applications will be able to interoperate. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a set of functional descriptions which describe this communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine any changes needed to existing operating systems to accommodate the full set of communication needs. </li></ul>
    28. 28. Short Term Goals (2 of 2) <ul><li>Work with the existing operating systems owners to affect any needed changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with application developers to understand and use the accessibility communication vehicles in their applications, both EIT and AT. </li></ul><ul><li>Forward any issues brought before the Working Group that fall outside the area of traditional software to the appropriate group working on those issues. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Web issues will be referred to the W3C/WAI. </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Medium/Long Term Goal <ul><li>Once the short term goals are reached medium or long term goals can be addressed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible Accessibility API that would be adopted by all platforms </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Process (1 of 2) <ul><li>Proposal will be reviewed and agreed to by ATIA and ITI (done). </li></ul><ul><li>Working Group will be established and members confirmed (done). </li></ul><ul><li>A public meeting will be held to obtain the initial set of issues, requirements (done). </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly 2 hour teleconferences will be conducted. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expect most of the work will occur outside of the teleconferences via e-mail. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working Group meetings will convene via teleconferences. </li></ul>
    31. 31. Process (2 of 2) <ul><li>Face to face Working Group meetings will be conducted. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed for ATIA conference in Orlando in January. TBD in July 2003. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agreement will be by consensus. </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly public feedback will be sought. </li></ul><ul><li>Final report will be posted for public review. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin the process again for Medium and Long Term Goals. </li></ul>
    32. 32. Work Plan <ul><li>Deliverables - Set of functional descriptions needed between AT/ EIT </li></ul><ul><li>Software applications </li></ul><ul><li>Set of needed changes to the present existing systems </li></ul><ul><li>Desired schedule for implementing those changes </li></ul><ul><li>Final Report </li></ul><ul><li>To be determined based on public input of requirements and issues </li></ul>
    33. 33. Obtain Issues, Concerns and Requirements (1 of 2) <ul><li>Determine which are applicable and which we can address. Those that are already being addressed by other organization will be sent to those organizations for resolution. e.g. V2, Linux Standards, W3C/WAI. </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting support helps us to not make decisions in a vacuum, and not to address areas already covered by other efforts. </li></ul>
    34. 34. Obtain Issues, Concerns and Requirements (2 of 2) <ul><li>Identify functional requirements needed by AT Identify functional requirements of EIT Evaluate the present operating systems for that support in MAC OS, Linux, Windows Determine any changes needed to each of those systems, if any. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe desired schedule to implementation of those changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a final report that can be used by AT and EIT vendors to maximize interoperability. </li></ul>
    35. 35. Future Events <ul><li>1/18/03 - Working Group meetings face to face proposed for ATIA conference in Orlando in January </li></ul><ul><li>7/15/03 - Working Group meetings face to face TBD if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>9/30/04 - Public posting of the final report </li></ul><ul><li>10/07/04 - Begin the process again for Medium and Long Term Goals </li></ul>
    36. 36. Program Director’s Address Terry Weaver Director for the Center for IT Accommodations, GSA
    37. 37. GSA Perspective <ul><li>Forum has been and continues to be a valuable experience as … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An unparalleled community of stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A resource of expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A place to network and share ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work to date has been recognized. </li></ul><ul><li>Future activities should lead to tools that … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate the requiring and procurement process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplify compliance assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow for and encourage innovation and change </li></ul></ul>
    38. 38. Applicability Assistant Tool <ul><li>Connect the world of purchasing to the appropriate segments of 508 requirements. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define in marketplace terms the functional or feature descriptions for potential product characteristics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect functions and features of products (as appropriate), as expressed in the marketplace, to the appropriate parts of the standards. </li></ul></ul>
    39. 39. Procurement Assessment Assistant Tool <ul><li>Mature the Applicability Assistant Tool to … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide sample RFP language. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide example practical and understandable technical evaluation criteria for each relevant part of the standard. </li></ul></ul>
    40. 40. By the Next Forum Meeting Have … <ul><li>Applicability Assistant and Procurement Assessment Assistant Tools developed to the proof-of-concept stage. </li></ul><ul><li>A defined maintenance process that enables the addition of new evaluation techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for using tools for simplifying compliance assessment. </li></ul>
    41. 41. Accessibility Forum Webcast October 29, 2002 Webcast will resume at 1:15 PM EST LUNCH BREAK
    42. 42. OMB Update Lesley Field
    43. 43. Panel: Advocacy / Consumer Perspective on the Progress of 508
    44. 44. Participants <ul><li>Brenda Battat, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) </li></ul><ul><li>Jim House, Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Poehlman, American Council of the Blind (ACB) </li></ul><ul><li>Joy Relton, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) </li></ul><ul><li>Moderator - Skip Crane </li></ul>
    45. 45. Comments from Brenda Battat – SHHH (1 of 3) <ul><li>Great need for more consumer education on 508. </li></ul><ul><li>Complaint process may not work; employee hesitant to complain due to impact on career. </li></ul><ul><li>More &quot;technical&quot; consumers should be involved where decisions are being made regarding evaluating products. </li></ul>
    46. 46. Comments from Brenda Battat – SHHH (2 of 3) <ul><li>We should go back to the Access Board to learn the intention of the provisions and what they mean. </li></ul><ul><li>Neither Federal agencies nor vendors want to take responsibility for signing off on products conforming to the 508 standard. </li></ul>
    47. 47. Comments from Brenda Battat – SHHH (3 of 3) <ul><li>Still no clear and simple way to evaluate products for conformance to 508. </li></ul><ul><li>Most 508 attention focused on accessible websites and screen readers, but there is more to 508. </li></ul>
    48. 48. Comments from Jim House – TDI (1 of 4) <ul><li>TDI promotes equal access to telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened or deaf-blind. </li></ul><ul><li>On the Internet, we have applications for both telecommunications AND media. </li></ul>
    49. 49. Comments from Jim House – TDI (2 of 4) <ul><ul><li>Video Relay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video Interpreting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications: </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VoIP Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IM closely resembles TTY but it is not completely real-time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No way to receive incoming calls unless you are online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Mail and pagers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging (IM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat Rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IP-Relay </li></ul></ul>
    50. 50. Comments from Jim House –TDI (3 of 4) <ul><li>Media: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wealth of information in text and graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of publishing your own information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barriers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current broadband policy and economics limits use of full-motion video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual lack of captioning on commercial website streaming video (News media, entertainment clips, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio files lack transcripts or captions </li></ul></ul>
    51. 51. Comments from Jim House – TDI (4 of 4) <ul><li>Government issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulations do not keep pace with technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courts divided on access rules in private sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many agencies are complying with 508, but others are trying to avoid compliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TDI has learned some agencies are polling audience requirements to see if they can avoid captioning. </li></ul></ul>
    52. 52. Comments from David Poehlman – ACB (1 of 4) <ul><li>Areas of progress since the advent of Section 508 standards … Sectors that have shown positive results and advances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites are better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good tools which use verifiable means to test for section 508 compliance are helpful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of talk and generated interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web development people seem to be much more interested at least at the government level </li></ul></ul>
    53. 53. Comments from David Poehlman – ACB (2 of 4) <ul><li>Shortcomings … needs for continuing improvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible content needs to be provided in electronic form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many people (including those who should) still do not know the meaning of section 508 and the standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need more of the human in the equation and less of the legal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inaccessible software remains a big problem for federal employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Human resources and financial packages keep promising to become accessible in the next release but never get there </li></ul></ul></ul>
    54. 54. Comments from David Poehlman – ACB (3 of 4) <ul><li>Shortcomings … needs for continuing improvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real lack of enforcement of accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bidders with products that do not fulfill the promise must start being turned down </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Makers of accessible hardware and software must start getting the nod </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation must be more accessible </li></ul></ul>
    55. 55. Comments from David Poehlman – ACB (4 of 4) <ul><li>Activities being pursued that we hope will prove fruitful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entering an FCC formal complaint on cell phone access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Government should enforce section 255 access requirements for telephone equipment as a 508 matter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved in the Accessibility Forum and other initiatives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building an informal network of people involved with 508 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compare notes and make strategic decisions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educating our members to their rights and that should produce more expectations and demand. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expressing concerns about specific sites to web masters and agencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Draw more attention to compliance. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    56. 56. Comments from Joy Relton – AFB
    57. 57. Review of Government Agency Surveys and Interviews Terry Weaver Joy Gatewood-Fulton
    58. 58. The Accessibility Forum: Interviews <ul><li>Interviews with Federal Agencies regarding the Procurement Challenges of Section 508: acquiring accessible Electronic and Information Technology. </li></ul>
    59. 59. Section 508 - Interviews with Government Procurement (1 of 2) <ul><li>Nine agencies interviewed: from Depts. of HHS, Commerce, Treasury, and Defense. </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: to gather best practices in procuring accessible E&IT and to determine if agencies need further guidance in implementing Section 508. </li></ul>
    60. 60. Section 508 - Interviews with Government Procurement (2 of 2) <ul><li>Interviews were Confidential, with data presented in an aggregate form only. </li></ul><ul><li>Range </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Section 508 applicability to a purchase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VPAT’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What 508 information do they require from vendors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul></ul>
    61. 61. Implementing Section 508 - Question One <ul><li>How do you determine whether or not Section 508 applies to a particular procurement? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% Section 508 applies to all E&IT procurements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% We have tools and policies to advise of appropriate determinations and when it is not applicable </li></ul></ul>
    62. 62. Implementing Section 508 - Question Two <ul><li>How do you document the results of your determination (whether or not Section 508 was applicable)? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - No formal documentation process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - An in-house tool leads users to the appropriate form or checklist that is used to document the determination and decision, including any exemption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - Other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other includes: Reports, Templates, Procurement Requests, VPAT’s ,or other vendor supplied information </li></ul></ul></ul>
    63. 63. Implementing Section 508 - Question Three <ul><li>How do you determine which parts of the 508 standard apply to a purchase? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - The requiring official determines which applies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - Other: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance from the organization's Section 508 committee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Often it's a matter of interpretation and is ultimately the Contracting Officer's call </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The standard is applied equally across the board </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The in-house tool guides the user. Weighted standards are even possible (one provision can be more heavily weighted than another can) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We rely on the vendor to provide us that information </li></ul></ul></ul>
    64. 64. Implementing Section 508 - Question Four <ul><li>What process or procedure do you follow to determine whether or not vendor products, deliverables, and services meet the requirements of Section 508? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - Vendors are required to self certify that products meet Section 508 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Market research which may include VPAT's </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - A combination of both </li></ul></ul>
    65. 65. Implementing Section 508 - Question Five <ul><li>What Information do you require of Offerors / Vendors? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - Self-Certification Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - VPAT/template </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Vendor must complete our template </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Vendor must offer information about how their products meet Section 508 standards somewhere on their website, in brochures or handouts, in a standard template or VPAT format </li></ul></ul>
    66. 66. Implementing Section 508 - Question Six <ul><li>How often do you use the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) in your assessment of a vendor’s products, deliverables, and services? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - Never </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Always </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - Sometimes, when available </li></ul></ul>
    67. 67. Implementing Section 508 - Question Six-A <ul><li>Is the VPAT the primary source of information? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - N/A - never use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - Yes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - No </li></ul></ul>
    68. 68. Implementing Section 508 - Question Seven <ul><li>What other sources of information do you use? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - Market research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - N/A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - We also may test the product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Our own template </li></ul></ul>
    69. 69. Implementing Section 508 - Question Eight <ul><li>If the VPAT is used, we would like to follow up with some questions on how well it is working for you. </li></ul><ul><li>What do you like about it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - N/A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - Everything - easy to read and all the information is on one page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Nothing </li></ul></ul>
    70. 70. Implementing Section 508 - Question Nine (1 of 2) <ul><li>What do you dislike about it? (VPAT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - N/A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Nothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - Other </li></ul></ul>
    71. 71. Implementing Section 508 - Question Nine (2 of 2) <ul><li>Comments included: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too complex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambiguous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendor simply states &quot;meets&quot; to every criteria - we ask the vendor to customize a VPAT that states how their product or service meets the criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language is too technical for most requiring officials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People get confused and don't know what parts apply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendors often complete the VPAT’s incorrectly </li></ul></ul>
    72. 72. Implementing Section 508 - Question Ten <ul><li>The next few questions deal with your opinion of the quality of information provided by the VPAT. </li></ul><ul><li>Have you had to go back to the vendor with questions about the information provided? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - Yes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - No </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - N/A </li></ul></ul>
    73. 73. Implementing Section 508 - Question Eleven <ul><li>How many times? (Did you have to go back to the vendor regarding the VPAT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Don’t Know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Many </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67% - N/A </li></ul></ul>
    74. 74. Implementing Section 508 - Question Twelve <ul><li>The next few questions deal with your opinion of the quality of information provided by the VPAT. </li></ul><ul><li>How difficult was the VPAT to use? (On a scale 1 to 5 where 1 is not difficult at all and 5 is extremely difficult) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - Not Difficult </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Difficult </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - N/A </li></ul></ul>
    75. 75. Implementing Section 508 - Question Thirteen <ul><li>The next few questions deal with your opinion of the quality of information provided by the VPAT. </li></ul><ul><li>Did the VPAT save you time? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - Yes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - N/A </li></ul></ul>
    76. 76. Implementing Section 508 - Question Fourteen <ul><li>How much confidence do you have in the accuracy of the information provided by the VPAT? (On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is little or no confidence and 5 is full confidence) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - N/A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Full Confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Fairly Confident </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - No opinion </li></ul></ul>
    77. 77. Implementing Section 508 - Question Fifteen <ul><li>Do you perform any technical evaluations of the products, deliverables, and services themselves to determine 508 compliance? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - No </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - Yes </li></ul></ul>
    78. 78. Implementing Section 508 - Question Sixteen <ul><li>After a product is delivered, are its 508 compliance claims verified? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>78% - No </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Yes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Don’t Know </li></ul></ul>
    79. 79. Implementing Section 508 - Question Seventeen <ul><li>Does your agency conduct 508 training? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100% - Yes </li></ul></ul>
    80. 80. Implementing Section 508 - Question Eighteen <ul><li>To who is the training provided (who is the principal audience)? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - All employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Contract Force </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Program Officers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - ROs, COs, COTRs, Legal Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - ROs, COs, COTRs </li></ul></ul>
    81. 81. Implementing Section 508 - Question Nineteen (1 of 2) <ul><li>Do you think there is any area where additional training is required? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - No </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% - Yes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes, eventually we would like to spread out to the program offices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes, more should be done for general employees since anyone can be an RO at any time. May explore doing this as part of the new employee orientation. </li></ul></ul>
    82. 82. Implementing Section 508 - Question Nineteen (2 of 2) <ul><li>More Comments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make this training ongoing and part of a regular awareness programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many RO’s need training tailored to the products they are responsible to buy for the agency. The current training tends to handle the subject too broadly without enough hands-on examples. Small and disadvantaged businesses as well as value added and reseller vendors don’t understand 508. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future surveys will help us determine this. </li></ul></ul>
    83. 83. Implementing Section 508 - Question Twenty <ul><li>What could raise your level of confidence in what you’re buying meets 508 requirements? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Another way to ask this question might be “What information or other resources are lacking or would be helpful to you in determining whether or not an offeror can meet the requirements of Section 508?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>44% - Some sort of logo, icon or other labeling program to confirm that the product is compliant would help. Like the UL laboratories icon on electrical products. If the products were certified as Section 508 compliant by an impartial 3rd party testing lab. </li></ul></ul>
    84. 84. Implementing Section 508 - Question Twenty-one <ul><li>Do you have any examples of particularly good vendor responses regarding 508 requirements? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Could you provide us with a copy of anything that have been or can be sanitized and would represent good examples)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% - No </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Dell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - We have an database of customized VPAT’s, but they were proprietary to each purchase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Oracle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Acrobat and Dell have good VPATs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Ricoh, Canon, and Sharp </li></ul></ul>
    85. 85. Implementing Section 508 - Question Twenty-two <ul><li>Have you made any purchases where the award decision has hinged on 508 requirements? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If yes, what kinds of products and services were purchased? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>78% - No </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Don’t Know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% - Yes We recently needed to buy thousands of printers and one vendor said that they could not provide printers that were compliant. We approached another vendor who provided printers that are compliant. We have had similar experiences with copying machines. </li></ul></ul>
    86. 86. Implementing Section 508 - Question Twenty-three <ul><li>What is your biggest challenge in doing a 508 compliant purchase? (What would make your job easier in dealing with Section 508)? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Lack of dedicated resources (money and staff) to do justice to the 508 requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - Simply having a bigger pool of 508 compliant products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% - What would be really helpful would be a seal of approval from an agency or independent body as to how well a product or service met Section 508 requirements. The example of the Green Star Energy logo used by EPA comes to mind. </li></ul></ul>
    87. 87. Agencies Best Practices Pages (1 of 2) <ul><li>DOE: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOAA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ARNET/FAR: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    88. 88. Agencies Best Practices Pages (2 of 2) <ul><li>GSA - the definitive guide and “buy accessible” portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li> The recent recipient of a Hammer award </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    89. 89. The Accessibility Forum: Interviews <ul><li>Interviews with Federal Agencies regarding the Procurement Challenges of Section 508: acquiring accessible Electronic and Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews conducted over August - September 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews conducted by Forum staff and GSA Staff </li></ul>
    90. 90. Creative Technological Compliance With Section 508 Across Various Agencies Dave Gardy
    91. 91. The Able TV Channel on the Network <ul><li>Developed proprietary “Webcapting sm ” process in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Aimcasts” to demographic attracts NCR, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems and 2000 Democratic Convention </li></ul><ul><li>Largest Internet archive of streaming video on disability and captioned video streaming </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneering solutions provider for Section 508 streaming media challenges </li></ul>
    92. 92. The Able TV Channel on the Network <ul><li>Tapped years of streaming video and production expertise to perfect applications for captioning of archived video using MAGPIE in concert with proprietary compression techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Deployed this technology in Internet TV programming targeted to the community of those with disabilities… yielding valuable feedback </li></ul>
    93. 93. The Able TV Channel on the Network <ul><li>Took lessons learned from feedback on archived captioned video and researched solutions for captioning challenges in live webcasting applications such as latency and synchronization </li></ul><ul><li>Developed “WEBCAPTING sm ” Live captioned video streaming by optimizing encoder of stenographer to work with webcast encoder with captioning resident to actual video stream </li></ul>
    94. 94. Able TV Adds Audio Description and Text Search for Complete Solution <ul><li>During video compression process, Able TV and technicians add narrated description to audio track. This can also be done in live webcast production with narrator on site, “miked” into audio mixer. </li></ul><ul><li>Text search allows captioning to be searched for specific word and moves to that point in the video presentation, advancing the slide if present </li></ul>
    95. 95. Able TV adds “Globalshow sm ” Format Interactive Video/Powerpoint <ul><li>In addition to captioning and audio description, viewer can now access power point slides of video presentation in separate HTML window as speaker gives presentation on video. </li></ul><ul><li>Participant can ask questions via chat and e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive testing and instant accreditation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Globeshow” can be done live or archived. </li></ul></ul>
    96. 96. and Accessibility <ul><li> utilizes accessibility features to bring Section 508 solutions to government agency applications for Internet TV audience of those with disabilities and others in live and archived form. Here are some examples shown from a CD-ROM. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GSA Accessibility Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FDA Webcast on Electronic Submissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SBA Alpha Entrepreneur Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs “VA Reports” </li></ul></ul>
    97. 97. Other Projects for Government Agencies <ul><li>NIST Conference on IT Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>ITTATC Section 508 webcast series </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Chemical Safety Board </li></ul><ul><li>National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration </li></ul><ul><li>IDEAS conference/ Department of Agriculture </li></ul>
    98. 98. “ New Business” Mary Beth Janes SMC Chair
    99. 99. New Business <ul><li>Next Forum meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Status of SMC Nominating Committee </li></ul>
    100. 100. Closing remarks Thank you!
    101. 101. The Accessibility Forum thanks ED RENIKER for his service, dedication, and commitment!