About the Accessibility Forum
The Accessibility Forum began in May of 2001 as an ongoing
collaboration among stakeholders affected by Section 508 including user,
industry, government, and other communities. The Forum membership
includes over 640 organizations from industry (electronics, information
technology, and assistive technology), associations for people with
disabilities, the research community (academia, research institutions,
and standards groups), and government agencies. The
General Services Administration (GSA)
has been the initial sponsor for the Forum.
Forum focuses on long-term solutions. Projects were defined to produce
results that assist government in making informed decisions about
Section 508 related procurement. The Forum completed two projects for
research on two high priority sets of issues – Objective measures for
assessing compliance with the Access Board standard and AT/E&IT
Interoperability between assistive technology products and mainline
information technology products. The Forum also provides a means for
government, industry, and users to communicate on issues and areas where
further effort could enhance E&IT accessibility.
In October 2004
the Accessibility Forum began a new contract with GSA continuing the
efforts of assisting procurement decision makers to determine the
relevance of Section 508.
GSA established a Forum Staff to carry on
day-to-day Forum efforts. The staff is composed of government personnel,
including an experienced Program Director and other supporting
personnel, and a team of contracted organizations. The membership is
moving towards an electronic based Forum and provides support in
research, web-based meeting coordination and planning, publicity
activities, and all other membership efforts.
organizations are encouraged to join us in the challenge of
accessibility for people with disabilities.
The Accessibility Forum
A Coalition for Accessibility