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Training in 508 and Accessible Design

ASPA/DCD offers trainings in Section 508 designed to meet the needs of many roles and functions within HHS.

All training sessions are 1 to 3 hours in length and are available onsite at the Humphrey Building (200 Independence Ave SW) or can be attended via webinar. They are facilitated by an instructor, using handouts and example materials.

Our trainings are only for HHS employees and contractors who have a current active contract. If you are an HHS Contractor, you must secure your COTR’s permission prior to enrolling.

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

We offer the following training:

Introduction to Accessibility and Section 508

Description: This course is an introduction to accessibility for both web sites and electronic media.  We discuss accessibility in general and present several scenarios that demonstrate 508 issues along with easy to understand solutions.  We will also touch on the proposed updates to the current standards. This course is intended purely for beginners and does not go into depth regarding the Section 508 standards.

Who should attend: Recommended for all HHS employees who create electronic content and have little or no existing understanding of Section 508.

When: Offered on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Course Handout: Intro to Accessibility and 508

Contact your liaison to sign up


Creating Accessible Office Documents

Prerequisite to the Tagging PDF’s in Adobe course

Description: This course instructs how to create accessible content in Office documents. We demonstrate the built in styles available to create common elements such as images, headings, lists, and tables in an accessible manner so that they are better prepared for their final format (such as HTML or PDF). We will also explain certain elements that cannot be made accessible in Office and go over the initial conversion process to PDF.

Who should attend: Recommended for all HHS employees who use Word, PowerPoint, or Excel to create public facing or agency wide electronic content. We highly recommend you attend the training in person.

When: Offered on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Contact your liaison to sign up

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Tagging PDF’s in Adobe

Must be taken after completion of the Creating Accessible Office Documents course

Description: This course shows you how to create an accessible PDF. Because creating a solid source document is a key step, the Creating Accessible Office Documents must be completed prior to this course. We demonstrate the tag structure concept and go over techniques to initially tag the PDF, and how to manipulate the tags to accurately reflect the content. We also show how to use the built in accessibility checker to help verify compliance.

Who should attend: Recommended for all HHS employees who use Adobe Acrobat to create public facing or agency wide electronic PDF. We highly recommend you attend the training in person.

When: Offered as requested

Contact your liaison to sign up


How to Identify 508 Errors in PDF

Description: This course is designed to be an in-depth look at evaluating the Section 508 standards as they apply to Adobe PDF. We demonstrate the visual, and back end tag structure issues that are most commonly found including reading order, list and table tagging. We also show how to use the built in accessibility checker to aid in finding these issues.

Who should attend: Recommended for all HHS employees tasked with assuring Adobe PDF’s are 508 compliant and those who use Adobe Acrobat to create public facing or agency wide electronic PDF

When: Offered as requested

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How to Identify 508 Errors in Web Sites

Required for all users of DCD Content Management Systems

Description: This course is designed to be an in-depth look at the Section 508 standards as they apply to Web sites, with an emphasis on sites that reside on DCD-managed Web Content Management Systems. We present real-world examples and solutions for most commonly encountered accessibility issues.

Who should attend: Required for all users of DCD Content Management Systems and is recommended for all HHS employees who work with web pages, including developers, COTRs, CORs, Issue Managers, and Content Managers.

When: Offered on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Course Handout: How to Identify Errors in HTML

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Issue Management

Required for 508 Issue 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 5 of the 508 web regulations that have the potential to greatly impact Leaderboard scores. This course is most effective when preceded by the How to Identify 508 Errors in Web Sites course.

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

When: Offered as requested.

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Content last reviewed on June 1, 2016