SECTION 508 COMPLIANCE, ADA & WCAG 2.0
LEGAL: No Relief in Sight from Website Accessibility Lawsuits. There’s been a surge in website accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). This litigation trend has accelerated over the past year and shows no signs of slowing down. Read more
META TAGS: How Not to Use Them When Coding for Compliance. Here are three ways to make sure the meta tags you use are compliant. Read more
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: How Does the Refreshed Section 508 Rule Affect Your Agency? Here’s what’s changed in the refresh and how the refresh affects agency systems. If agencies complied with the original Section 508 rule, then they are ahead of the game concerning the refreshed rule. Simply put – agencies that were compliant are still compliant because there is a “safe harbor” clause embedded in the new rule that exempts existing or “legacy” IT from having to meet the refreshed rule. Keep in mind, though, that new or updated web pages created after the new rule went into effect should have complied with the new rule by January of 2018. Read more.
WEBSITE COMPLIANCE TIPS: 17 Website Adjustments You Can Make Today for Better Accessibility. Owners of brick and mortar stores, restaurants and office buildings are required by law to accommodate the needs of customers with disabilities via wheelchair ramps, braille product signage, accessible restrooms, and more. As a public-facing website owner, you are required to have a website that is accessible as well. Read more.
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems February 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-february-2018.
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.
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 also includes 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.
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.