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The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) Standards

Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services administration (2000, December 21). Electronic and information technology accessibility standards. The Federal Register, 65(246), 80499–80528.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that agencies of the Federal government develop, purchase and use electronic and information technology that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) developed standards to which these agencies must comply (Office of the Federal Register, 2000). Even for those who are not covered entities under Section 508, the standards developed by the Access Board provide a good starting point for organizations seeking to meet their ADA obligations. They include standards for accessible desktop and portable computers; Web-based resources; video and multimedia products; software and operating systems; and self-contained, closed systems such as photocopiers and fax machines. With these standards in place for the federal government, more entities are looking at purchasing accessible products and employing universal design principles in the purchase and development of electronic environments. For example, following the Section 508 standards for Web resources can help Web developers begin to make their pages accessible to visitors with disabilities.


Hewlett-Packard's Library Technology Access (LTA) Initiative

The Library Technology Access (LTA) initiative, led by Hewlett-Packard, aims to increase library computer accessibility for users with disabilities. The goal of the program is to design "template" solutions that libraries can implement easily to improve access for users with visual, hearing, mobility, or learning disabilities. The first part of the initiative launched with installations at several libraries around the nation. The workstations at the test sites will record how users interact with the technology, providing data that will be used to generate models of how assistive technology and accessibility tools can best serve library patrons.

See article with more information (http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/accessibility/partnerships/ala/bestpractices.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN).


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