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Implementing Accessibility & Web Site Standards October 6 , 2005 “Deployment of accessible technology, Implementing Accessibility & Web Site Standards October 6 , 2005 “Deployment of accessible technology, including websites, serves all Virginians, regardless of ability/disability, and fulfills Governor Warner's vision of citizen-centric government using information technology. ” - Lem Stewart, CIO of the Commonwealth expect the best 1

Introductions Mr. Kenneth H. Knorr, Director, Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) expect the best Introductions Mr. Kenneth H. Knorr, Director, Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) expect the best 2

Opening Remarks Mr. James A. Rothrock, Commissioner, Department of Rehabilitative Services expect the best Opening Remarks Mr. James A. Rothrock, Commissioner, Department of Rehabilitative Services expect the best 3

Opening Remarks The Honorable Eugene J. Huang, Secretary of Technology expect the best 4 Opening Remarks The Honorable Eugene J. Huang, Secretary of Technology expect the best 4

Accessibility Requirements Virginia’s Accessibility Requirements for Electronic and Information Technology Linda W. Harris, JD Accessibility Requirements Virginia’s Accessibility Requirements for Electronic and Information Technology Linda W. Harris, JD Disability Services Administration Tidewater Community College expect the best 5

Accessibility Requirements • Virginia’s Accessibility Requirements for Electronic and Information Technology: – Meet, but Accessibility Requirements • Virginia’s Accessibility Requirements for Electronic and Information Technology: – Meet, but do not exceed, the Federal requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act; – Create binding and enforceable provisions; – Require technical standards be used in all electronic and information technology (EIT) acquisitions; – Do not eliminate the requirement for reasonable accommodation. expect the best 6

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Non Visual Access Requirement versus New Accessibility Standards • Non Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Non Visual Access Requirement versus New Accessibility Standards • Non Visual Access – Requires only that the product have non-visual access and does not provide standards • Accessibility Requirements – Requires that acquisitions of electronic and information technology meet specific technical standards – Ensures that all individuals with disabilities have equal or equivalent access expect the best 7

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • Why is it important? – Eliminates barriers for people Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • Why is it important? – Eliminates barriers for people with disabilities – Benefits everyone • Prepares for changing workforce – Achieves legal compliance • Minimizes risk of complaints expect the best 8

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Let’s Look at the Law expect the best 9 Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Let’s Look at the Law expect the best 9

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) CHAPTER 237 An Act to amend and reenact § 2. Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) CHAPTER 237 An Act to amend and reenact § 2. 2 -2012 of the Code of Virginia, relating to accessibility standards for information technology and telecommunications procurements. [H 1360] Approved March 29, 2004 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia: expect the best 10

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • That § 2. 2 -2012 of the Code of Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • That § 2. 2 -2012 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows: Procurement of information technology and telecommunications goods and services; computer equipment to be based on performance-based specifications. A. Information technology and telecommunications goods and services of every description shall be procured by (i) VITA for its own benefit or on behalf of other state agencies and institutions or (ii) such other agencies or institutions to the extent authorized by VITA. expect the best 11

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Such procurements shall be made in accordance with the Virginia Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Such procurements shall be made in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act (§ 2. 2 -4300 et seq. ), regulations that implement the electronic and information technology accessibility standards of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U. S. C. § 794 d), as amended, and any regulations as may be prescribed by VITA. In no case shall such procurements exceed the requirements of the regulations that implement the electronic and information technology accessibility standards of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. expect the best 12

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Development & Maintenance. expect the best 13 Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Development & Maintenance. expect the best 13

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • Virginians with Disabilities Act – § 51. 5 -1. Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • Virginians with Disabilities Act – § 51. 5 -1. It is the policy of this Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment. expect the best 14

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor [and the following agencies]…to provide, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner which makes the best use of available resources, those services necessary to assure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth. Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, Department for the Aging, Department for the Deaf and Hard-of. Hearing, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Housing and Community Development Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Board for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities, Department of Rehabilitative Services, Department of Social Services, Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired expect the best 15

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • E&IT Examples include: – Telephones – Information Kiosks – Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • E&IT Examples include: – Telephones – Information Kiosks – Transaction Machines – Multimedia and Video (videos, CD, web) – Websites (Internet and Intranet) – Services (including support services and maintenance) – Computers – Software – Firmware and Similar Products – Office Equipment (i. e. , copiers/fax machines) – Ancillary Equipment – Related Resources • Information Documentation and Support – User guide and technical support expect the best 16

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • What E&IT is not: – EIT does NOT include Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • What E&IT is not: – EIT does NOT include any equipment that contains embedded information technology that is used as an integral part of the product, but the principal function of which is not the acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information. expect the best 17

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • Web-based Internet information and applications: – The criteria for Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) • Web-based Internet information and applications: – The criteria for web-based technology and information are based on access guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium. – The standards do not prohibit the use of web site graphics or animation. Instead, the standards aim to ensure that such information is also available in an accessible format. expect the best 18

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) – The standards apply to Commonwealth web sites but not Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) – The standards apply to Commonwealth web sites but not to private sector web sites (unless a site is provided under contract to a state agency, in which case only that web site or portion covered by the contract would have to comply). – Accessible sites offer significant advantages that go beyond access. expect the best 19

Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Other Resources • www. section 508. gov – – Buy Accessibility Requirements (cont. ) Other Resources • www. section 508. gov – – Buy Accessible Training 508 Coordinators Background Information • www. access-board. gov – Standards and guides to the standards • www. itic. org – VPAT guidance for vendors expect the best 20

Accessibility Conversions VITA’s Implementation of the Standards Michael Logan & Michael Treagy VITA Business Accessibility Conversions VITA’s Implementation of the Standards Michael Logan & Michael Treagy VITA Business Systems Services expect the best 21

Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • What Standard applies to me? – Accessibility Standard: • Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • What Standard applies to me? – Accessibility Standard: • All Web stuff, regardless of where it is, what it is (application or website), or who can access it. – Web Site Standard: • All Web stuff that’s “publicly accessible”. This includes a publicly accessible application. This does not include a password-protected application/website, even if select citizens can access it (i. e. an extranet). This does not include intranets or applications only used within an agency. expect the best 22

Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • The VITA Web site is mostly accessible, but we’re Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • The VITA Web site is mostly accessible, but we’re still a work in progress: – VITA public website has roughly 1, 500 pages (Cold. Fusion). – Currently 85% of the pages are compliant with the Accessibility Standard. – Most issues have been alt tags for images and

Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • Current BSS Development Standards: – All new Web Application Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • Current BSS Development Standards: – All new Web Application Development must be accessible. – Old applications are being redeveloped systematically. – Our Web Application Development Standard says: • “VITA shall support the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Accessibility Standard. The current Accessibility Standard is in draft mode, however, VITA shall continue to make applications accessible. ” This obviously changes when the PSGs are promulgated (in force). expect the best 24

Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • VITA’s Web application development cycle: . VITA’s Web Application Accessibility Conversions (cont. ) • VITA’s Web application development cycle: . VITA’s Web Application Development Standards include checking Accessibility during and after development. expect the best 25

Accessibility & Usability Conversions Accessibility & Usability Conversion Overview Daniel J. Ross, Webmaster The Accessibility & Usability Conversions Accessibility & Usability Conversion Overview Daniel J. Ross, Webmaster The Disability Services Agencies, Department of Rehabilitative Services expect the best 26

Web Testing Tools Diane Stottlemyer, MSQA Virginia Assistive Technology Systems expect the best 27 Web Testing Tools Diane Stottlemyer, MSQA Virginia Assistive Technology Systems expect the best 27

Web Testing Tools • Web testing tools can be used to test your site Web Testing Tools • Web testing tools can be used to test your site for accessibility. – 508 – WAI Level 1 – WAI Level 2 – WAI Level 3 expect the best 28

Web Testing Tools • Free Tools are Available • VATS’s & VITA’s Selected Tool Web Testing Tools • Free Tools are Available • VATS’s & VITA’s Selected Tool – Hi. Software • Acc. Verify • Acc. Repair – Acc. Verify and Acc. Repair are complete Web testing solutions. – Reduces the time required to build, test, and repair a Web site. – Provides content and application quality expect the best 29

Web Testing Tools • VITA & DRS Provided Resources for Agencies – VITA and Web Testing Tools • VITA & DRS Provided Resources for Agencies – VITA and DRS will make available a seat license for Hi. Software’s verification and repair tools at no cost to agencies who desire such assistance in addition to our online resources. – Contact Information: For Seat License Determination: For Testing Tools: Diane Stottlemyer Daniel Ross Phone: 804 -662 -9990 Phone: 804 -662 -9112 Email: diane. [email protected] vir Email: daniel. [email protected] virginia. gov expect the best 30

Anticipated Implementation • Accessibility – New Technology: Accessibility-related procurements, newly developed information technology, and Anticipated Implementation • Accessibility – New Technology: Accessibility-related procurements, newly developed information technology, and substantially modified or substantially enhanced technology begun 60 days after the effective date must be completed in compliance with the requirements of the Standard. – Implementation Plan: Within six months of the effective date of the Standard, each agency must develop and submit an implementation plan describing how they intend to meet or how they have already met the requirements of the Standard. – Existing Technology: The agency must bring its existing technology into compliance as addressed in its implementation plan. Existing technology uses 60 days from the effective date of the Standard as its baseline. If the technology was developed prior to that date, it will be considered existing technology. expect the best 31

Anticipated Implementation (cont. ) Web Site • New Web Sites: Within three months of Anticipated Implementation (cont. ) Web Site • New Web Sites: Within three months of the effective date new Web sites must be developed in compliance with the Policy and Standard. • Implementation Plan: Within three months of the effective date of the Standard, each agency must develop an implementation plan describing how they intend to meet or how they have already met the requirements of the Standard. • Existing Web Sites: The agency must bring its existing Web sites into compliance with the Standard not later than one year of the effective date of the Standard. expect the best 32

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Contact Information DRS - Technical • Daniel J. Ross Department of Rehabilitative Services 8004 Contact Information DRS - Technical • Daniel J. Ross Department of Rehabilitative Services 8004 Franklin Farms Drive Richmond, VA 23288 Phone: (804) 662 -9112 Email: daniel. [email protected] virginia. gov TCC - Legal • VITA - Governance • Eric B. Perkins Virginia Information Technologies Agency 411 E. Franklin St. , Suite 500, Richmond, VA 23219 Phone: (804) 786 -0516 Email: eric. [email protected] virginia. gov Linda W. Harris, JD Disability Services Administration Tidewater Community College 315 Granby Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 Phone: (804) 662 -9112 Email: [email protected] edu VATS - Testing Tools (Hi. Software) • Diane Stottlemyer, MSQA Virginia Assistive Technology Systems 8004 Franklin Farms Drive Richmond, VA 23288 Phone: (804) 662 -9990 Email: diane. [email protected] virginia. gov expect the best 34

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