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 How Four Federal Agencies Handle Section 508 Testing: A Case Study

From the United States Access Board 3/18/2014

The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place March 25 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will explore how four federal agencies conduct Section 508 testing. Presenters include Section 508 officials from the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Transportation who will explain how they conduct 508 testing and what they have learned as a result of their experiences. They will also review best practice recommendations for testing and address how to leverage limited resources for testing. Federal agency Section 508 officials, chief information and acquisition officers, and agency policy-makers are encouraged to attend.

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Access Board to Form Advisory Committee on Update of Rail Vehicle Guidelines

The Access Board is organizing an advisory committee to assist in the review and update of its ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles and seeks nominations for membership.  The Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee will develop consensus recommendations for the Board’s use in updating sections of the guidelines that cover vehicles of fixed guideway systems, including rapid, light, commuter, intercity, and high speed rail.  The committee’s work will not extend to portions of the guidelines that address buses and vans which the Board is already in the process of updating.

The Board seeks to include representatives from rail vehicle manufacturers, transit providers, disability groups, and other stakeholders and interested parties on the committee.  The committee will be balanced in terms of interests represented.  A notice issued by the Board provides further details, including application instructions. The deadline for applications is April 1.

Meetings of the advisory committee will be open to the public and will provide opportunities for all interested parties to provide information. Its work will be conducted in accordance with regulations governing Federal advisory committees. Committee membership is voluntary, and members will not be paid or reimbursed for their services.

For further information, visit the Board’s website or contact Paul Beatty at, (202) 272-0012 (voice), or (202) 272-0072 (TTY).

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