Transcript Management Training on Technology Accessibility and
Management Training on Technology Accessibility and Section 508 Compliance All resources are available here: http://ets.fhda.edu/508
Learning Objectives To understand the district Section 508 policy To understand how Section 508 impacts the technology acquisition process To provide you with tools and resources to help you comply with Section 508
Why is this process necessary? Ensures technology is accessible to all Federal & State law compliance Motivates vendors
What is Section 508? Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 known as the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Went into effect in June 2001.
Adopted into California law last year Government Code Section 11135
What does Section 508 do?
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) already requires accessibility for the institution as a whole Section 508 clarifies how to ensure technology accessibility Provides standards for accessible EIT Requires new acquisitions meet those standards
Why is it important to the district? In order to function, students and employees must use technology Achieving legal compliance Reduces liability in case of lawsuit Minimizes risk of complaints
Brief history of what has been done to this point ETAC ad hoc committee Policy formation Purchasing Web Standards Consulting on individual basis
Roles and Responsibilities of Requestors (manager/faculty/staff) Assist/coordinate with the manager to draft specifications and minimum requirements Identify which Section 508 provisions apply Assist/coordinate with the manager to perform and document market research Document exceptions that may apply Award the contract or order after complying with policy steps
District Section 508 Policy Document has 3 sections Summary of legal aspects Detailed explanation of policy EIT Determination form
508 Purchase Flowchart
What is Electronic & Information Technology (EIT)?
Nearly everything that runs on electricity in your office and learning environment Includes information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment, that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information.
What are the Section 508 Technical Standards that Apply?
Software Applications and Operating Systems Web-based Internet Information and Applications Video and Multimedia Products Telecommunications Products Self-contained, Closed Products Desktop and Portable Computers
Software Applications and Operating Systems Windows Mac OS Linux MeetingMaker MS Office Photo Shop Instructional Software Lab Packs w/ Texts
Web-based Internet Information and Applications TouchNet Online Courses Campus Sites Faculty Sites Adobe PDF’s Streaming Audio/Video Library Catalog
Video and Multimedia Products Television VCR DVD Player Video Camera CD & DVD Media
Telecommunications Products Telephones Fax Machines
Self-contained, Closed Products Copiers Stamp Machines Scales Calculators Printers Scanners
Desktop and Portable Computers Computers Hand-held computers
Functional Performance Criteria This section provides 6 functional performance criteria for overall product evaluation and for technologies or components for which there is no specific requirement under other sections. For example, At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for assistive technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided.
An explanation of the technology acquisition process Identify your needs and general product specifications, then perform market research to determine availability of compliant products Many steps are part of our existing process
508 Purchase Flowchart
What is Market Research?
Collecting and analyzing information about capabilities within the marketplace to satisfy EIT needs Method for identifying products that meet Section 508 requirements
Questions for Market Research How does the product/vendor meet: Business requirements Applicable Section 508 standards Cost of product
Questions for Market Research (continued) What if you ask the questions and discover your 508 requirements cannot be met?
Equivalent Facilitation Alternative means of providing access where deficient
Informal Market Survey Techniques Phone calls to experts Internet searches Buy Accessible on www.section508.gov
Review of similar procurements by other departments Catalogs, product literature
Is your procurement exempt?
Micro-Purchase (until October, 2004) Back Room/Office Fundamental Alteration Undue Burden?
NOTE: Even if exception applies you must still provide alternative access.
Commercial Non-Availability If no item meets customer requirements and technical standards, can purchase non-accessible EIT.
Must document market research and findings in contract file to justify decision.
Buy Accessible database on Section 508 web site
What is a VPAT?
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template Information on how a product or service conforms to the Section 508 Access Board standards. Completed by the vendor.
Optionally, posted on their vendor site and linked to Buy Accessible. Vendors are not required to complete a VPAT Now Required for our District bid process.
Using the VPAT Enables requestors to compare products.
Conducting Buy Accessible searches Identify and review sections of the VPAT that apply.
Outside of Buy Accessible, a VPAT can be: Requested as part of market research, procurement, RFP, etc.
Requested in a procurement (becomes mandatory).
Using the VPAT (continued) Best practices and a VPAT template: www.itic.org
Good and Bad VPAT Examples
Benefits of VPATs Uniform tool for identifying features meeting Section 508 standards.
Supports making preliminary assessments regarding availability of commercial EIT products and services.
Documenting Results You must document the results of your market research (Examples at www.section508.gov) Include in the market research documentation copies of any VPATs used Documentation becomes part of purchase request file Purchasing will contact requestor and put requisition on hold if no EITD form received
Small Group Exercise Use examples and walk through steps Determine a market research approach Informal techniques to use Formal techniques to use Questions to be asked What categories of the VPAT to search Other issues or considerations
District Technical Expertise Assistive Technology Centers De Anza – Wayne Chenoweth [email protected]
408-864-5816 Foothill – Steve Sum [email protected]
650-949-7673 Users of Assistive Technology Disability Program Managers ETAC 508 Committee http://ets.fhda.edu/508