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HHS 508 Lab

The Digital Communications Division has assembled a 508 Lab with a collection of assistive and evaluative technologies for use by OpDivs and StaffDivs.


Accessible PDF filesAccessible PDF files- Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.0 extended Exit icon disclaimer

  • Remediate existing or create new accessible PDFs and forms
  • Check accessibility, edit tags and reading order for complex page layouts or unusual page elements


Section 508 PDF Plug-InSection 508 PDF Plug-In- Commonlook Exit icon disclaimer

  • Step-by-step guide through evaluation and repair of PDF files according to Section 508 standards.
  • Simplify evaluation of forms and tagging tables


Screen ReadersScreen Readers- Jaws Exit icon disclaimer and Window Eyes Exit icon disclaimer

  • Test web pages and files with a screen reader for accessibility for people with visual disabilities



Voice Recognition ProgramVoice Recognition Program- Dragon Naturally Speaking Exit icon disclaimer

  • Test web pages and files for accessibility for people with dexterity disabilities by using voice to browse Web pages and edit forms



Magnification and Reading softwareMagnification and Reading software- Zoomtext Exit icon disclaimer

  • Improve clarity of text and graphics with color, contrast and brightness enhancements, and increase visibility of mouse pointer and cursor with size and color enhancement



Contact Anthony Prematta in DCD at (202) 708-0101 to schedule a time to use the lab.  Please indicate which software you are interested in using and if you would like a tutorial.

Content created by Digital Communications Division (DCD)
Content last reviewed on January 30, 2015