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Procurement Official
  • Determine if your purchase is subject to Section 508
  • Find language for your solicitation
  • Find companies and do market research to buy Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products or services
  • Provide documentation for Section 508 compliance
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Requiring Official
  • Identify which provisions apply to the procurement
  • Perform market research to determine the availability of conforming products and services
  • Demonstrate “due diligence” (document an audit trail for Section 508 compliance) … and do so effectively, efficiently, and consistently?
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EIT Vendor
  • Facilitate how you sell Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products and services to the government
  • Provide an easy way to showcase accessibility information about your products and services for government buyers
  • Register with the BuyAccessible Product and Services Directory so that buyers can easily find your accessibility information
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Section 508 Coordinator
  • Understand the provisions of Section 508
  • Understand your roles and responsibilities
  • Find tools and resources to assist other members of your team
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EIT Professional
  • Learn how the Standards affect your site
  • Assess and evaluate your site for 508 compliance
  • Code your site to assist users using assistive devices such as screen readers
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Academic Community Member
  • Learn about the web accessibility initiatives of other institutions
  • Join in collaboration and knowledge transfer amongst your peers
  • See different ways to provide tools and training for students and staff
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State Agency Official
  • Learn about the web accessibility initiatives of other States
  • Find policy statements models to build your State’s accessibility policy
  • Find ways to lower your State’s technical barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities
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Person With a Disability
  • Find information on assistive technologies products and equipment
  • Collaborate with advocacy groups
  • Participate with other groups to break down barriers to access

Accessibility Forum 2.0 - Voices From the Front Line

What if I am buying from a reseller?
...So, how do you get accessibility information to help you do your market research and make an informed decision?... Read full Blog
But what if no one in my office has a disability?
Recently we received a comment that asked if software being developed had to be Section 508 conformant because no one in the organization had a disability. The answer is, “Yes, you still have to consider Section 508!” Here are a few reasons why: Read full Blog
Updated Market Research Guidance
GSA’s Section 508 program recently updated their guidance document, Guidance on Conducting Accessibility Market Research... Read full Blog

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What's Happening

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Accessibility Policies and Governance
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
CIO Council Accessibility Technical Guidance
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
CIO Council Accessibility Training
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
CIO Council Testing and Tools

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The BuyAccessible Wizard

Buy Accessible Widget on Homepage The BuyAccessible Wizard (BAW) and Vendor Accessibility Resource Center (VARC) are

Check out Quick Links by visiting and selecting "Quick Links".

Use the BuyAccessible Wizard to:
  • Conduct your market research on accessible Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products and services
  • Meet your 508 requirements to acquire accessible products and services.
Vendors! Use the Vendor Accessibility Resource Center (VARC) to:
  • Advertise your accessible EIT products and services to government buyers.
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT):
  • Vendors can self-report and document their products' 508 conformance.
  • Federal contracting officials and other buyers can then evaluate a vendor's report of product's accessibility
    against the standards.
BuyAccessible Training:
  • Training for buyers and sellers.
  • Access the BuyAccessible glossary.