Nearly 20% of all Americans have some kind of disability. All of us use the web for personal and/or work-related software applications on a daily basis. Whether you use the internet for accessing your company’s website; paying your bills electronically; shopping; taking training/ college classes; searching websites for information; or reviewing your healthcare records online, you may not realize that these websites have taken in account accessibility by people with disabilities. Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.
The Section 508 federal law applies to electronic and information technology procured specifically by the federal government. This includes computer hardware and software, websites, multimedia such as video, phone systems, and copiers. However, commercial platforms also have the same goal to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Your laptop computer, tablet, and even your smartphones have functions to accommodate people who may have a disability (e.g., motor, visual, hearing impaired). Most commercial companies, colleges, healthcare providers, electronics manufacturers, communications service companies, airlines, etc. accommodate people with disabilities assuring technology products and services are accessible to both their employees and the public utilizing the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Accessibility Initiative’s (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Regardless of the development methodology employed (e.g., Agile, Waterfall) or you are generating a proposal for the government or a commercial opportunity, it is important to assure the appropriate accessibility requirements are designed in prior to and built into the system during development. Commercial of the Shelf (COTS) or legacy software may not meet the accessibility requirements. Thus, it is essential to know what to look for in the software and system documentation such as the user guide, forms, or the design specification. Testing the software for Section 508 compliance is an important part of system acceptance for Federal procurements and requires training to understand how to perform manual and automated testing as well as creating test scenarios. It is up to the all key stakeholders (e.g., system designers, developers, business and quality analysts, contracting staff, program managers), not just the testers, to assure that the software and documentation are compliant with all the 508 requirements for the federal government acceptance or the WCAG 2.0 guidelines for commercial acceptance.
Mr. Law, in addition to 508 compliance, will discuss how to apply the WCAG 2.0 for Level AA compliance used by commercial companies to accommodate people with disabilities.
Joe will provide an Introduction to Section 508 and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and discuss the following objectives:
An Introduction to Section 508;
Why Section 508 compliance is important;
Impact to software development and testing schedule;
Discuss the importance of testing the documentation;
Federal and Commercial standards for accessibility;
Automated Tools and Manual Testing Techniques;
Checklists and Reporting to be used for 508 testing;
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 for Level AA compliance;
Demonstration on accessibility features on Smartphones;
Accessibility Testing Resource.
Mr. Law worked for many years with TestPros, performing private sector accessibility testing. He conducted Section 508 for various Federal government agencies, such as DHS/FEMA, HHS/CMS, DOJ/EOIR. He also did accessibility testing on commercial clients, such as for a home healthcare application, for a Nuance PDF tool and for a Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop utility.
Joe Law is an independent consultant specializing in the delivery of IT quality management, quality assurance, quality control, quality engineering, continuous process improvement, and other independent verification and validation (IV&V) initiatives at the project, program, and portfolio levels. As a credentialed quality practitioner, he has been certified as a QAI Certified Software Quality Analyst, a QAI Certified Software Test Engineer, an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer, an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor, an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, an ASQ Certified Quality Inspector, an ASQ Certified Quality Technician, an ASQ Certified Quality Improvement Associate, an ASTQB Certified Tester, a BCS ISEB Certified Tester, a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master, a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner, and an SIIA Certified Software Manager.
Mr. Law has been the Chair of the Northern Virginia Chapter (Section 0511) of the American Society for Quality; As a simultaneous member of both the Board of Directors and Board of Examiners of the United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award program for the Commonwealth of Virginia; As a member of the Board of Examiners of the President's Quality Award program at The Executive Office of the President during a prior administration; And as a member of the Panel of Distinguished Judges at the President's Conference on Performance Excellence.
He has been a speaker at national software quality and testing conferences including: 13th annual International Software Quality Week conference, STAREAST conference, 18th annual Testing Computer Software conference, and the 1st annual Conference on Practical Software Testing Techniques at IIST. He was also a keynote session moderator at the 1st annual Information Technology Excellence Symposium held at the JHP APL.
Registration: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks: 9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. Presentation: 9:05 a.m. to 12 noon. Lunch: Noon to 1:00 p.m. Q & A: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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