Assistive Technology and Accessibility

Under a subcontract with Insignia Federal Group, New Editions supports the Technology & Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center, which assists the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in addressing a wide spectrum of accessibility and accommodation interests for agencies and employees.

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 about the progress being made in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These reports to Congress reflect a history of persistent commitment and effort to expand educational opportunities for children with disabilities.

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 provides Section 508 support to HRConnect and its associated applications. The HRConnect Product Suite is offered as an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially designated Human Resources Line of Business (HRLOB), Shared Service Center (SSC). OPM’s designation enables the U.S. Department of the Treasury to offer interoperable, portable and scalable HR/payroll solutions across the federal space.

This poster highlights the many different types of services the Office of Accessible Systems & Technology (OAST) and DHS Section 508 Coordinators provide.

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

This is one of several banners the Office of Accessible Systems & Technology (OAST) used 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 many different types of services the help desk provides.