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Creating Accessible Flash Course

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Creating Accessible Flash Course – Introduction



Welcome to the Creating Accessible Flash Course.


Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires Federal agencies to make electronic and information technology (E&IT) accessible to users with disabilities, including:

  • Blindness, color blindness, visual impairment
  • Deafness, hearing impairment
  • Speech impairment
  • Mobility, strength, dexterity or reach impairment

The law includes standards for software applications, operating systems (OS), web-based applications and multimedia. These standards apply to Flash, a software application increasingly used to create rich interactive presentations and training.

Those involved in the design, development, procurement and use of Flash products are responsible for ensuring that they comply with Section 508, but it is not always clear how to do so.


The goal of this course is to enable developers and other personnel involved in Flash development projects to apply the principles of accessibility to creating Section 508-compliant Flash presentations.

This course references commercial products likely to be familiar to those taking the course. References to commercial product functionality and providers are included to illustrate application of techniques described, and not intended as either endorsements or critiques of specific providers or products.

This lesson introduces Section 508, assistive technologies and tools for creating, playing and testing accessible Flash. It also explains how the course is structured and the assumptions on which the course is based.

Select Next to learn more about the Section 508 standards that apply to Flash.

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