Upcoming Event: Are You Ready for the Section 508 Refresh?

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Join us and a panel of experts who will guide you through the latest policy changes. You may be surprised by the impact on your agency.

Wednesday, December 6th, 9:00-11:30AM at the Westin Crystal City
Meeting Room: Jefferson Ballroom 1 (2nd Floor)

Address:1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202
Metro Stop (Blue & Yellow Lines): 1-minute walk to the Crystal City Metro Station

As the deadline for the Section 508 Refresh swiftly approached (January 18th, 2018 – almost two months away!) it’s time to evaluate if your organization is ready. This live panel and seminar will walk you through the steps your organization can take to prepare for the final rule.

On Wednesday, December 6th from 9:00AM until 11:30AM. Doors will open at 8:30AM and we welcome attendees to stay and network with the panel until 12:00PM.

Light refreshments, real-time captioning, and a sign language interpreter will be provided.


What Will I Learn?

In this meeting you will learn how the Section 508 Refresh applies to your Electronic Information and Technologies (Websites, applications, documents, native mobile apps etc.) and how you can get ready:

What’s in Scope?

  • The strategic imperative and the goals that the Section 508 Refresh has from a workplace perspective.
  • The high level-imperative for the user community.
  • What does the final rule mean for the corporate and business community?

What’s Changed?

  • What requirements are new, which have changed, and which map to existing standards?
  • Guidance will cover the 508 Standards Refresh Toolkit and updated Trusted Tester standards.

What’s the Impact?

  • What is the impact on procurement requirements? Do I need to change all my old VPATs? Are there new reporting requirements?
  • Will the Section 508 refresh impact time and resources needed to test and fix my technologies?
  • Our experts will reveal the training and tools to help minimize the impact.

About the Panelists

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Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist, Access Board

Bruce Bailey is an IT Specialist with the U.S. Access Board, the small independent federal agency that develops the accessibility requirements under ADA and Section 508. In this capacity, has lead technical responsibility for the agency website and with providing technical assistance on Section 508 as the standards relate to websites and software.  Bruce also is an invited expert with the W3C WAI Accessibility Guidelines Working Group.  Prior to joining the Access Board, Bruce was an IT Specialist with the Department of Education.  Earlier in his career, Bruce worked in accessibility and assistive technology for the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services.

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Dominic Sale, Deputy Associate Administrator  Information Integrity & Access, General Services Administration (GSA)

Dominic Sale is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Information, Integrity, and Access (I2A) within the Office of Government­wide Policy (OGP) at the General Services Administration (GSA). In this role, Dominic leads a team that helps Federal IT Executives navigate the complexities of the Federal IT landscape – so they can focus on the mission.

Dominic regularly partners with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to drive change in the Federal government in critical areas such as cybersecurity, digital government and IT infrastructure. With a 20-­year career focused on Federal IT management, Dominic has experience in strategic planning, performance management, process re-engineering, and cybersecurity modernization. He leads a team of technical experts who regularly advise senior government leaders and policy­makers on the most pressing IT policy issues, foster interagency communication, and coordination, and identify and support activities and new ideas to improve the quality and timeliness of Federal IT service delivery.  He has worked on a wide variety of federal issues at a number of agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Park Service.

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Deborah Kaplan, 508 Policy Lead and HHS 508 Coordinator at Office of the CIO,
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Deborah Kaplan has been involved in technology accessibility for many years and in a variety of roles.  At the World Institute on Disability, where she also served as Executive Director for 8 years, she pioneered projects on technology policy focused on universal design in technology as a goal.  She headed the Accessibility Technology Initiative for the California State University System, and she currently is the Section 508 Policy Lead and Agency-wide Section 508 Coordinator in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She is also on the Executive Committee of the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice.  She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and is on the Planning Committee for the M-Enabling Summit.

She has a law degree from Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley, and she received a B.A. with honors from UC Santa Cruz.  She lives in a cohousing community in Silver Spring, MD.

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Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Megan is a skilled accessibility professional with over 13 years of experience designing, implementing, analyzing and reporting qualitative and quantitative research that lead to accessibility solutions.

As an Accessibility Evangelist, she builds global relationships among different accessibility communities and key stakeholders. Megan deeply believes in stakeholder engagement and user research to bring the voice of people with disabilities to the table during the research and development of products and services.

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Katie Haritos-Shea, Principal ICT Accessibility Architect, Deque

Katie is fascinated with science and emerging technologies with their potential to improve the lives of all, particularly persons with disabilities, the under-served, and the elderly.

Katie is a SME in US Section 508 and international ICT accessibility standards. As such, she has been actively involved in W3C technical standards working groups (WCAG 2.0 and 2.1, Web Payments, Privacy, APA, Web Platform, etc.) as an Invited Expert since 2000. She is an IAAP Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA), which is a heightened certification awarded to those who have achieved both CPACC and WAS certifications. Katie also serves on the board of Knowbility, a non-profit out of Austin, Texas whose mission, much like Deque’s, is of improving technology access for people with disabilities all over the world. At Deque, Katie is a Principal ICT Accessibility Architect (WCAG/Section 508/ADA/AODA), who is responsible for providing executive vision, implementation, and guidance for Accessibility initiatives in all sectors.

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Robert Baker, Co-Chair Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice – Best Practice Subcommittee, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Robert is a disability inclusion advocate who champions equal access for all through public policy, accessibility technology standards, universal design, and promotion of best practices.  Through Robert’s leadership on the Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice, he led the development of the US Government’s Technology Accessibility Playbook, a resource that guides federal agencies to build and mature effective enterprise-wide technology accessibility programs.  The playbook is based on industry and government accessibility best practices, and now forms the basis for training federal Technology Accessibility Program Managers.  For the past eight years, Robert supported the refresh of the Section 508 standards as an advisor to the US Access Board and is currently leading a government-wide initiative to develop resources to help guide federal agencies through the transition to the new standards (http://section508.gov/refresh-toolkit).

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John Sullivan,Government-wide Section 508 Program Director, General Services Administration (GSA)

John Sullivan currently serves as the Director of GSA’s Office of Government-Wide Policy (OGP) Information Resources Management Division.  John leads OGP’s outreach to Agency CIOs to ease the adoption of shared services.  As part of this, John currently serves as the Section 508 Program Director, leading the revamping of the Federal Section 508 Program.

John came to GSA in 2009 after 20 years at EPA, where he last served as the Chief Enterprise Architect managing the enterprise architecture, capital planning and investment control, IT policy, and IT human capital programs. Prior to that John worked to initiate the ‘Environmental Information Exchange Network’, which today allows federal, state, local and tribal governments to share their environmental information among agencies and with the public.  In 2008, John was detailed to the OMB Office of E-government and Information Technology, where he supported the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program as it transitioned Administrations.

After hours, John has served as a Board Official with the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) for many years, and on numerous other Industry/Government IT collaborations.  In 2012 John earned a lifetime achievement award in Enterprise Architecture from the FEAC Institute.

Can’t make it to D.C. in person? Check back here for a recording of the event.


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