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About Us

The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) is currently transitioning to AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center. AMAC support allows for expansion of this important work, which began at the University of Georgia (UGA) in May 2011. Our goal is to share and discuss strategies, techniques and resources for meeting Section 508 compliance as it pertains to websites and web-based content. WAG also endorses conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and provides accessibility training on both Section 508 and WCAG 2.0

WAG also seeks to inform members of relevant training seminars on web accessibility and to provide information about the upcoming Section 508 Refresh, an update of the existing Section 508 Standards published in 1998. This is accomplished through monthly (online) meetings, listserv discussions, seminars, workshops, and special events held in conjunction with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

Our group is open to individuals who seek to understand and implement web accessibility. This includes, but is not limited to, institutes of higher education, technical colleges, and private industry.

Background

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 requires that web-based information and data be equally accessible to individuals with and without disabilities. While it was written for the U.S. federal government, many state and local agencies also require compliance with Section 508. For example, in Georgia the Board of Regents (BoR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) has determined that all institutions under the BoR fall within the scope of 508. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for U.S. states and territories also requires Section 508 compliance for programs and services established through funding under the Assistive Technology Act. With this in mind, individuals involved the design, development and delivery of web-based content must ensure 508-compliance prior to making the content available via the worldwide web.

Resources

Please visit our Resources page for assistance in complying with Section 508 and understanding conformance with WCAG 2.0. All are welcome to join the WAG listserv to post questions and learn about upcoming training opportunities on Section 508 compliance and WCAG 2.0

WAG Listserv

Everyone is invited to join the WAG listserv.

Listserv archives are available for those who join. Past discussion topics include: YouTube Video Compliance, Section 508 Refresh, FCC Internet Captioning Rules (TV over IP), NFB and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaints, Accessible PDFs, free online webinar announcements, accessibility tips and more!

Membership includes personnel from the University System of Georgia and beyond, including: Armstrong Atlantic State University, Athens Technical College, Bainbridge State College, Berry College, California State University, Clayton State University, College of Coastal Georgia, Columbus State University, Darton State College, East Georgia State College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Regents University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Gordon State College, Kennesaw State University, New Jersey, South Georgia College, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, University of West Georgia, Valdosta State University and the University System of Georgia.'


Monthly Meetings

The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) meets the first Wednesday of every month (online via Collaborate web conferencing solution). Please join the WAG listserv to receive the login link.

Our Next Meeting

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 11:00am - 12:00pm (noon) (EDT, U.S.A.)

Topic: Accessible Knowledge: the Opportunity & Challenge of MOOCs

Presenter: Arthur R. Murphy, Interaction Consultant, Aeolian Solutions,LLC
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Session Description:
During this webinar you will learn about Georgia Tech's MOOC on Accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Topics include:

Participants will learn how accessibility issues can be addressed with mainstream or assistive technology-related ICT. Resources will be provided for accessible ICT principles, guidelines, and standards so that accessibility within post-secondary institutions is baked in, not layered on.

Presenter Bio:  Arthur R. Murphy is an Information Architect who specializes in universal design. Mr. Murphy’s background in user experience design includes software development, multimedia creation, and computer science instruction. His employment includes academia (Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology), private industry (IBM and SunTrust Bank), and government (a member of the committee that drafted the U.S. Section 508 Standards and a peer review panelist for the National Science Foundation’s SBIR grant program to fund innovative technology to assist people with disabilities). Mr. Murphy has taught part-time in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing: a Practicum in the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Masters program.

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