Final Rule: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board or Board), is revising and updating, in a single rulemaking, the standards for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as the guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. The revisions and updates to the section 508-based standards and section 255-based guidelines are intended to ensure that information and communication technology covered by the respective statutes is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

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The NIDILRR is seeking comments and will be hosting several listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction.

Public meetings will be held in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. The meetings can also be listened to by phone. Visit the website for more information and registration.  Attendees/participants should come prepared to answer the following questions:

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Need financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps on mobile platforms?

The LiveWell RERC has just released its annual App Factory call for proposals.  Each year, the LiveWell RERC’s App Factory invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. and Canada to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows), sensors, home automation, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or cloud computing.

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Duke University, Shepherd Center and Northeastern University Awarded $4.625 Million for New Center on Technologies for People with Disabilities

Duke University Medical Center, Shepherd Center and Northeastern University are launching a partnership to conduct research and develop new technology solutions to promote independent living and community participation by people with disabilities.

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