Section 508 Policies and Procedures

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2 Days

Course Description:

This is classroom instructor lead course teaches the student how to implement the policies and procedures for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794 d) when developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The first part of this class introduces the general definitions, applications and exceptions to the technical standards, performance criteria and support documentations subparts. The second part focuses on the implementation in procurement from requirements to solicitation, to the market research as required and defined in FAR part 10 thru contract awards including deliverable's verbiage clauses. Determination of the pertinent standards and applicable provisions to E&IT procurement will be covered. Students will learn how to apply Section 508 in the Software Life Cycle development. Students will learn how, when and the proper use of personnel accommodation in providing E&IT solutions as well as how Section 508 relates to Section 504. This class is a requirement for the Odellus Section 508 Subject Matter Expert Certification and prepares you for that certification exam.

Who Should Attend:

  1. Developers, Testers, COTRs, COs, Section 508 implementers and managers, Coordinators, etc.

Benefits of Attendance:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the general definitions, the technical standards, the Functional Performance Criteria and the Information, Documentation, and Support subparts of the Section 508 Standards
  • Understand the exceptions to the Section 508 standards with emphasis on how and when they are applied.
  • Incorporate the applicable provisions and the appropriate Section 508 determination to any E&IT procurement.
  • Incorporate the appropriate Section 508 clauses to RFCs, RFPs/solicitations, SOW, PWS, Contracts, Task Order, etc.
  • Conduct market research as required by FAR part 10 including non-availability determinations.
  • Plan and provide any risk mitigating procedures including reasonable personnel accommodation (Section 504).
  • Understand and apply Section 508 procurement language in artifacts, forms (determination, non-availability, market research, etc.) and compliance certification statements to procurement, vendor checklists, Buy accessible reports, etc.
  • Apply Section 508 in any Systems lifecycle development including during requirement gathering, design phase, testing, deployment, maintenance, etc.
  • Understand Section 504 and how it is used with Section 508 and the differences between the two
  • Understand why the buyer is responsible for compliance or exception determinations and not the vendor


There are no prerequisites for this course. Prior experience with any programming languages is not required.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Section 508
  • Section 508 standards overview
  • Section 508 1194 provisions overview
  • Why Section 508 1194.31 (Functional performance criteria) provisions and 1194.41 (Information documentation and support) always apply
Accessibility / Section 508 Compliance Certifications
  • VPAT and or Vendor Checklist documents
  • Buy Accessible Wizard services and reports
  • Independent verification and validation (IV&V)
  • Compliance testing
Section 508 Procurement
  • Who is legally responsible?
  • Market research
  • Functional requirements vs. Accessibility compliance
  • Compliance documentation forms
  • Procurement clauses
  • Applicable provisions and compliance determination
  • Exceptions/ Exemptions: what are exemptions and who approves them
Section 508 in Systems Lifecycle
  • Who is legally responsible?
  • 508 in functional requirements gathering
  • Business Specification documents and Design Specification documents must contain 508 requirements
  • Create Testing Specification document
  • Independent Verification & Validation / Testing Specification document and test results
  • Milestone Phase Exit review checklist
  • Exceptions/ Exemptions: what are exemptions and who approves them
  • Before deployment Checklists
  • Risk assessment for non-compliance, Compliance/remediation plan and technical workarounds /personnel accommodation
  • Documentation of risk mitigation procedures
Use case testing 1
  • Solicitation document, Statement of work (SOW), Task Order, etc.
Use case testing 2
  • Hardware and COTS software procurement
Use case testing 3
  • Vendor Software development 1
Use case testing 4
  • Vendor Software development 2
Use case testing 5
  • Internal Software development with hardware and COTS software procurement

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