What is the Interagency Accessibility Forum?
The Interagency Accessibility Forum is an annual event hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that brings together federal government employees and accessibility professionals to discuss emerging accessibility policies and trends. This year’s forum focused on the revised Section 508 Standards issued by the U.S. Access Board in January 2017. Held on October 13, the forum featured sessions on the new standards as they relate to changes in federal policy, vendor acquisitions, accessibility testing and more. Additionally, the event kicked off the Interagency Accessibility Forum Online Dialogue to continue the conversation generated from the forum.
Hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) through the ePolicyWorks initiative, this online dialogue is an opportunity for industry experts to help inform future accessibility efforts, share best practices with fellow participants, and further discuss the revised Section 508 standards. The input gathered from the online dialogue will help forum organizers develop relevant and innovative sessions for next year’s event.
What are the ePolicyWorks Online Dialogues?
Launched by ODEP, ePolicyWorks is a Web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues.
Participants in the ePolicyWorks initiative benefit from a variety of online tools and features to help them stay informed, build relationships and partner on important policy developments. One of these key features is the ePolicyWorks online dialogues. Brought to you through the use of leading-edge crowdsourcing tools, these online dialogues are interactive platforms of collaboration. They enable ODEP to work with their partners to enlist the public’s input on key policy issues related to the employment of people with disabilities by channeling the brainpower of our federal partners, nonprofits, NGOs and other stakeholders. To learn more about past dialogues, visit the ePolicyWorks Online Dialogue Library.
How do I participate in this dialogue?
To participate in the Inter-Agency Accessibility Forum Online Dialogues, please click Register Now or Log In. If you have any questions or require any technical assistance please contact: ePolicyWorks@dol.gov.