Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. This means that all online content, including courseware, must be developed in a way to ensure all users, particularly those with disabilities, can access the content. This requirements presents challenges to developing courses, especially interactive courseware that may be accessed across a wide range of devices and internet speeds.
Carney’s belief is that all users should have access to effective online learning regardless of their disability (visual impairment, decreased motor skills, audio impairment, etc) or device type. Carney has developed award winning solutions that are Section 508 compliant for over 20 years. In addition, Carney was the first organization to achieve Trusted Tester status with the Federal government. Carney even trains Federal government employees responsible for Section 508 compliance on Section 508 requirements and how to implement compliant courseware.
Carney 508 Services
Our services and capabilities include 508-compliance validation, testing, and remediation services. We have several DHS-certified Trusted Testers on staff, including Instructional Designers, Programmers, and Quality Assurance Analysts.
Our 508 solutions are assistive-technology agnostic, and our QC team thoroughly tests all solutions to ensure full compliance.
Carney’s Section 508 experience includes developing solutions for agencies across the Federal government. Our Section 508 compliant solutions have been utilized in both civilian and military agencies, including agencies that are exempt from Section 508 compliance.
Carney Section 508 Expertise
Our commitment to Section 508 compliance is further demonstrated by our continued work with various Federal agencies involved in Section 508 compliance, including DHS OAST, GSA OIIA, and VA 508 offices.
We provide consulting services specifically aligned with the DHS Trusted Tester process, training, and scripts in all forms (analysis of processes, testing services, remediation (fixes) of issues, and provision of support staff).
Carney’s Section 508 approached was validated as a result of GSA’s invitation to co-present at the Section 508 conferences and the VA’s request to remediate other vendors’ content. Carney continues to participate on Government-hosted panels on Section 508 requirements and considerations in solution development.