Accessible Systems, Inc., a woman-owned small business, provides expert consultation and support to global organizations, federal agencies, IT manufacturers and individuals with disabilities regarding information technology accessibility.
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Training

At Accessible Systems, Inc., we believe that proper training is key to ensuring accessibility and vital to the implementation of a successful Section 508 strategy. Our staff of industry experts has an in-depth knowledge of Section 508 requirements and a clear understanding of the needs of people with disabilities.

We offer several classes (listed below) to provide the training your organization needs to plan an effective Section 508 solution.

  • All classes are held at the customer's site
  • Hands-on classes are based upon computer lab availability
  • Classes can be customized to meet your needs

Please contact us with any questions or if you are ready to schedule a training session(s). We look forward to hearing from you.

Concepts of Accessible Information Technology and Section 508

In this class, we will:

  • Introduce Section 508
  • Discuss the need for accessible IT design
  • Explore barriers facing people with disabilities
  • Introduce and demonstrate assistive technology used to help remove barriers
  • Provide brief overview and discuss technical standards for Section 508

Accessible Web Design

In this class, we will:

  • Explore each technical standard of Section 508 (Section 1194.22) with examples and proper development techniques
  • Provide hands-on experience navigating both accessible and non-accessible web pages

Accessible Client Software

In this class, we will:

  • Explore each technical standard of Section 508 (Section 1194.21) with examples and accessible development techniques
  • Provide hand-on exercises using assistive technology (JAWS, ZoomText and OS accessibility features)
  • Present a "case study" using accessible vs. non-accessible software
  • Discuss a simulated accessibility review for the application
  • Present testing techniques using checklists provided to evaluate a case study model

Disability Awareness Training

In this class, we will:

  • Discuss how perceptions of people with disabilities can lead to complaints and present new information to change attitudes of people who are unfamiliar with disabilities
  • Introduce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Provide general information on disabilities and abilities
  • Focus on hearing, visual, mental, and mobility disabilities
  • Discuss areas unique to your business or service
  • Offer tips on interacting with people with disabilities
  • Dispel common myths and clarify appropriate language/cultural etiquette through helpful exercises

Developing and Delivering Accessible Documentation

In this class, we will:

  • Provide an overview of the Section 508 documentation and support requirement
  • Discuss the need for accessible documentation
  • Offer tips on accessible formats
  • Address the accessibility challenges and solutions for PDF files formats
  • Instruct on textual descriptions of graphics
  • Give examples and instruction for producing Braille, large print, audio cassette, etc.

Making Your Support Services Accessible

In this class, we will:

  • Discuss topics including:
    • Describing and distinguishing between various types of disabilities
    • Types of hardware and software used to accommodate these disabilities
    • System requirements
    • General usage of assistive technology equipment
  • Provide troubleshooting tips
  • Explain when and where to call for outside help
  • Offer tips on interacting with people with disabilities, including telecommunications equipment
  • Discuss new and future technology

Understanding Telecommunications Accessibility

In this class, we will:

  • Provide a comprehensive overview each of the technical standards of Section 1194.23 as it relates to telecommunications equipment
  • Address barriers facing individuals with disabilities when accessing telecommunications equipment
  • Discuss TTY and its basic use, voice mail accessibility, caller ID functions, etc.
  • Cover consideration planning and demonstrate practical applications of accessible telecommunications equipment
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