Feds Look To Boost Web Accessibility

By Shaun Heasley
March 20, 2012

The Obama administration is asking for the public to weigh in on how to make government websites and other information technology more accessible for people with disabilities.

The request comes as federal officials work to develop a strategic plan to enhance technological accessibility.

President Barack Obama called for the plan last summer in an effort to beef up compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires federal agencies’ websites and other technology to be fully accessible for those with disabilities.

In a blog post Monday on the White House website, three administration officials said that they are well on their way to completing the strategic plan after wrapping up a series of listening sessions and meetings with stakeholders.

But now the group is looking for feedback to assess whether they are on the right track. Accordingly, they are soliciting comments and ideas through April 9 on a new website.

“People with disabilities should be able to access their government on an equal footing with all Americans,” wrote Kareem Dale, Obama’s special assistant to the president for disability policy, and two colleagues in the blog post. “With this strategy and your input, we take one more step toward achieving that goal.”

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