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Section 508 and WCAG 2.1+ Workshop — The Evolving Standards of Digital Accessibility

taught by: Katie Haritos-Shea

Session Summary:

Please join Katie Haritos-Shea (W3C AGWG & Knowbility) to learn what you need to know to understand the revised standards and requirements for compliance with Section 508. This workshop is designed for federal, state, and local government staff. Key details with demonstrations of useful resources are provided to help bring those tasked with implementations up-to-speed on the requirements for Section 508 compliance and the changing digital accessibility landscape.


Section 508 Standards from the US Access Board were updated to include the W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria and conformance requirements in 2017 (which became applicable in 2018). Also In 2018, the W3C published an update to that standard – WCAG 2.1. What are the implications of standards evolution for accessibility managers in institutions of all types and sizes? How do we stay current and ensure that the needs of all our stakeholders are met while we conform to legal requirements?

This full day class will take you through the important details of what you need to know about the Revised Section 508 Standards, the revised FAR requirements – and options for addressing new standards of WCAG 2.1 for documents and software.

Learn about resources to help your team learn to develop (and maybe test) to both WCAG 2.1 and Revised Section 508 requirements. Finally, we will look at plans for future iterations of the W3C guidelines for Accessibility.

The target audience of this course is federal, state and local governments seeking to learn how to understand and implement the new requirements of Section 508, at the beginner or intermediate level. Content will also be helpful to any organization that seeks to understand and meet federal requirements and stay current with the changing regulatory environment.

Practical Skills:

  • Understand the new-ish Revised 508 Standards Understand the Conformance Requirements of WCAG 2.0 Understand the thirty-eight (38) WCAG 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria Understand the other Requirements of Section 508 above and beyond WCAG
  • Understand how to use W3C Resources to Implement WCAG requirements
  • Understand how to use W3C Resources to Implement WCAG requirements, Understand how to Apply WCAG 2.0/2.1 and Implement additional Best Practices for Documents, Non-Web Documents, Software, Non-Web Software, SaaS, Media, Media Players & Mobile Applications