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Training in 508 and Accessible Design

ASPA/DCD offers a layered training program designed to meet the needs of many roles and functions within HHS.

All training sessions are 1 to 1.5 hours in length onsite at the Humphrey Building (200 Independence Ave SW). They are facilitated by an instructor, using PowerPoint and discussions, and can be attended online (with the exception of the Remediation courses).

If you are an HHS Contractor, you must secure your COTR’s permission prior to enrolling.

If you have questions, please contact Cristopher Broyles, Project Manager for ASPA\DCD’s Section 508 Team.

General 508 Awareness

Required for all users of DCD content management systems; Recommended for all HHS Employees that work with Electronic Content

Description: This course emphasizes the technical requirements of Section 508 Compliance for both Web and software, such as keyboard accessibility, alternative text, and color-based information. This course is a prerequisite for the subsequent Evaluation, Remediation, and Special Topics training courses.

Who should attend: This course is recommended for all HHS employees who create Web content and required for anyone working with the DCD web content management systems.

When: This course is offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

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Evaluation- How to Identify Accessibility Errors

Ideal for COTRs, CORs, and Content Managers

Description: This training is designed to help attendees learn to identify common accessibility errors within a given file type. This training generally precedes the Remediation Course.

Who should attend: These courses are particularly useful for those who must accept work from a contractor, such as content managers, publication authors, web developers, and others who have a role in spot-checking electronic publications and websites prior to acceptance.

When: These courses are offered as requested.

Courses Are Offered to Identify Accessibility Errors in the following file types:

  • Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 document
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010 document
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 document
  • PDF document
  • Websites

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Remediation and Best Practices- How to Fix and Prevent Accessibility Errors

Ideal for Web Designers, File Authors, and Content Managers

Description: This course is designed to help attendees learn to correct common accessibility errors within a given file type. This training is most effective when the attendee has completed the Evaluation course for a given file type. These trainings have a hands-on component and cannot be completed remotely.

Who should attend: These courses are particularly useful for publication authors, web developers, and others who have a role in the quality-control of websites and electronic publications.

When: These courses are offered as requested.

Courses Offered on How to Fix and Prevent Accessibility Errors in the following file types:

  • Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 document
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010 document
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 document
  • PDF document
  • Websites

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Issue Management

Required for 508 Issue Managers; Recommended for Site Managers

Description: This course teaches attendees how use the Leaderboard reports in order to (a) identify 508 issues on web sites, (b) identify issues that are mistakenly identified as errors (false positives), and (c) learn in depth 508 web regulations that have the potential to greatly impact Leaderboard scores. This course is most effective when preceded by the General 508 Awareness, Evaluation, and Remediation courses.

Who should attend: Site managers responsible for ensuring 508 compliance and reviewing monthly leaderboard reports.

When: These courses are offered as requested.

Courses Offered:

  • Issue Management- for those who are tasked as 508 issue managers
  • Understanding Accenture/Leaderboards- for site managers and 508 issue managers

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Special Topics

Description: These courses offer advanced training on a specific accessibility item or issue designed to help attendees think beyond mere compliance and towards real accessibility.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in accessibility.

When: These courses are offered as requested.

Courses Offered:

  • Using Assistive Technology To Control A Computer And Navigate web
  • Developing Quality Alt-Text for Complex Figures- What makes for good alt-text
  • Developing Quality Captions for Video- What makes for good captions

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Content created by Assist. Sec./Public Affairs - Digital Communications Division
Content last reviewed on September 8, 2014