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November 18, 2004 Assistive Technology Day will provide a demonstration of the new TALKS by Cingular Wireless, their speech-enabled software that turns the Nokia 6620 cell phone into a talking mobile phone. This new technology will allow persons who are visually impaired access to all cell phone features which were only accessible for those who could visually see the screen.

Usability University professional development and training program offers courses in November and December 2004. Learn more on training available and register at http://www.usability.gov/usabilityuniversity/training.html#oct27.

The DOJ Survey has been moved. To locate the survey, go to menu link "508 and You" and select the link to "If you are a federal employee" to locate the link to the survey.

Check out the new Buy Accessible Wizard tool. This is a web-based tool to help users determine and document Section 508 requirements that apply to a particular E&IT; acquisition.

Micro-purchases extension granted until April 1, 2005. The 508 Universe offers free training on subjects pertaining to Section 508, including a NEW course module on micro-purchases.

STEP508 Tool (Second Release) Ready to Download! The Simple Tool for Error Prioritization for Section 508 compliance is now available for federal and other Webmasters to use. This electronic tool uses the output of Section508 compliance tools and evaluates the accessibility errors to determine both the severity of the errors and the effort to fix them. In addition, STEP508 provides a metric that can be tracked over time to determine the level of your Web site's conformance to the 508 guidelines.


Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA), in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.

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