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POWERPOINT: 32 Ways to Test PowerPoint Presentations for Compliance. Making content accessible to people with disabilities online begins with making all types of files compliant from the start. Do you have links to PowerPoint presentations on your website? If so, be sure these documents are compliant. Here are 32 items to test. Read more

BANKS: Advice to Banks on ADA Website Compliance…Don’t Procrastinate. A recent decision by the Trump administration to indefinitely delay the release of rules concerning disabled consumers’ access to websites might appear to give companies a pass on making their sites compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Banking attorneys don’t see it that way. Instead, they’re advising banks that have not updated their websites to do so. Read more

LEARN: A Beginner’s Guide to ADA Compliance for Websites. The WCAG is a set of accessibility standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium in partnership with various other groups to help guide web content producers in making their work more accessible to all, including users with disabilities. WCAG 2.0 is the technical standard featuring 12 guidelines under four categories: 1) Perceivable, 2) Operable, 3) Understandable, and 4) Robust. Each of the 12 guidelines contains testable “success criteria” which can be used to measure the usability of your website. The official WCAG documentation contains an exhaustive list of the guidelines that can be found here, but here are the main points as a quick reference to highlight each section and its main topics. Read more.

FEDERAL AGENCIES: Get Ready for New 508 Accessibility Requirements in 2018. Federal agencies are preparing for a major update to the government’s digital accessibility requirements, designed to modernize and widen access for disabled users. The specifications, which take effect in January, establish new guidelines to help seeing- and hearing-impaired residents access information on government websites, apps and from other digital media. Find out more


REGISTER NOW: Website Accessibility Auditor: Learn How to Test Websites for Accessibility. This 2-day online instructor-led hands-on course covers essential design, coding, and testing procedures for Web designers and developers who want to be sure the sites they create or maintain are accessible to as many people as possible. Class participants will learn how to test a website for accessibility, based on Section 508 Compliance & WCAG 2.0 Standards…Levels A, AA & AAA. This class will also include a discussion of the recently-released WCAG 2.1 draft and what the current proposed changes mean for people with disabilities and website accessibility auditors. Register now.

NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems October 2017 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-october-2017.

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


ADA & 508 Compliance & WCAG 2.0 – Daily Tech Update – December 18, 2017

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