ICT Guidance for Implementing Accessibility into DEIA Plans in the Federal Workforce

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


On June 25, 2021, President Biden released Executive Order 14035 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce to establish a government-wide initiative to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in all parts of the federal workforce. This session will focus on General Services Administration's (GSA) “Executive Guide to Federal IT Accessibility,“ which provides a broad overview of the benefits of accessibility and management practices for various phases of technology development and implementation lifecycles, and “Technology Accessibility Playbook,“ which provides a framework and actions for the integration of strategic, business, and technology management practices to ensure information and communication technology (ICT) is accessible for people with disabilities. Presenters from GSA will also discuss other available resources, such as the government-wide DEIA Strategic Plan's Accessibility Roadmap, GSA's Government-wide Program Maturity Reporting (PMR), Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART) updates, ICT Testing Baseline for Web Accessibility, and others. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar.

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Certificate Credit hours
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Michael Horton, Accessible Design & Development Advisor Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services Administration

Andrew Nielson, Director of the Government-wide IT Accessibility Program, Office of Government-wide Policy , General Services Administration

Questions for presenters:

1 Umm yes when are you planning to dump the funnel?
2 What value added contributor statements and discussion points can be used in conversations with executive leadership to further influence DEIA practices and policies?
3 Is DEIA intended to expand Sec. 508's coverage of federal employees, beyond Sec E203.1 General, E203.2 User Needs, and E205.3 Agency Official Communication?
4 For federal employees the EEO complaint process is one of the avenues of redress for disability discrimination and at the same time is itself a barrier to DEIA in that it is such a burdensome process for the victim. Can the speakers comment on this assertion and indicate if this is a commonly accepted/understood circumstance in the federal government? Are they aware of any efforts to bring balance to the EEO complaint processes?

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