By: Kristen Smith and Robert Chaiet

The M-Enabling Summit re-convened in Washington DC in 2018 for its 7th year. We attended the Summit and this blog provides you with some insights into what we noticed.

Today, May 17th, marks the seventh anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Held annually on the third Thursday of May, GAAD is meant to promote dialogue, discussion, and awareness of digital inclusion for people with disabilities. Originally begun as a day for developers to share accessibility knowledge with one another, it has transformed in to a day where we all can reflect on the accessibility challenges we still experience, and as a global community, begin to change the world.

The purpose of this report is to inform Congress and the public of the progress being made in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Like many organizations, New Editions has shifted to an Agile development methodology over the past few years. The business reasons are plentiful: quicker delivery and shorter release time for systems; greater collaboration and input among development team members and product owners; and earlier and more frequent review and feedback from clients and end users.

Through a subcontract with Octo Consulting, New Editions is providing Section 508 support to HR Connect and its associated applications. The HR Connect Product Suite is offered as an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially designated Human Resources Line of Business (HRLOB), Shared Service Center (SSC).

This poster is designed to highlight the services of OAST and DHS' section 508 coordinators.

This poster is designed to promote the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP) Accessible Systems Racing League (ASRL) - created to assist federal contractors with ensuring their career sites are accessible to people with disabilities.

This is one of the several banners designed for OAST to promote the DHS Accessibility Help Desk at conferences, meetings, and other events. This banner features a DHS employee who is blind using assistive technology (AT) and highlights the help desk's services.

During the first week of August, I attended a conference hosted by Aniridia Foundation International (AFI). Aniridia means “lack of the iris,” which is the colored ring around the pupil of the eye. Advances in research and development have shown that the impact of aniridia extends beyond the eye and can affect the development and maintenance of the eyes, pancreas, central nervous system, olfactory system, and parts of the brain. Aniridia is caused by a mutation of the PAX 6 gene which is now known to control development of the eyes as well as several systems in the body.