SECTION 508 COMPLIANCE, ADA & WCAG 2.1
QUESTION: Is Your Job Application Process Accessible And Inclusive? Job candidate and application accessibility matters. Accessibility improvements can be as simple as extending the length of time for timed assessments, alt-tagging images, captioning videos, labeling elements such as buttons and other minor adjustments. The problem is: Many employers don’t take accessibility into consideration when building career sites. Read more
ECOMMERCE: 10 Things People With Disabilities Wish Online Retailers Knew. Many shoppers would be just fine if they could never set foot in a retail store again. After all, everything is available online: books, groceries, pizza, household necessities, even big ticket items like mattresses and cars. However, 15 percent of people worldwide have a disability that affects their daily life, according to the United Nations, and many retailers are unaware that their websites are not always accessible to them. The longer retailers wait to create an inclusive online shopping experience, the more money they could lose to their competitors, as perhaps 15 percent of their potential customers are forced to find accessible alternatives. This is especially important now, since many in the large Baby Boomer population segment may be starting to experience disabilities related to age. Although technical abilities and access needs are unique to each individual, here are 10 common things that customers with disabilities wish online retailers knew. Read more
GOOGLE LIGHTHOUSE: Monitor Site Performance, SEO, Accessibility. Lighthouse is Google’s free, open source, and automated site monitoring tool. It can help ecommerce businesses track site load times, accessibility, and search engine optimization. Read more
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: House Panel Examines Bill on VA Website Accessibility. A new bill in front of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Health Subcommittee would put pressure on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make its websites and digital tools more accessible to the visually impaired. H.R. 6418, the VA Website Accessibility Act of 2018, would require the VA to review its websites for compliance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, submit a report to Congress, and create a plan to remedy each issue. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems August 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-august-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.
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.