Section 508 Refresh: Alt Tag, You're It

Presenters: Dferro, karenkitch

Session Recording:

Section 508 was updated on March 2017. Federal agencies have a grace period that ends on January 2018 to comply with the updated accessibility law. Join accessibility expert Daniel Ferro  and Drupal Front End Developer Karen Kitchens as they go over the updates to Section 508, how the updated rules tie with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), as well as some Drupal tips and tricks. 

What We'll Cover

  • Basics of the updated Section law
  • How the Section 508 update ties into existing accessibility guidelines
  • How to best take into account accessibility in Drupal 7 and 8 builds
  • General accessibility best practices and tips


About the Presenters

Daniel Ferro is a Senior Interaction Designer at Forum One in Alexandria, VA. He has been a featured panelist on A List Apart, spoke about modular design patterns at 2015 DrupalCon in Los Angeles as well as the 2015 Drupal Govcon, and also presented on responsive design at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference. With more than 13 years of experience as a user interface designer, he has worked with numerous U.S. federal agencies and is a Section 508 accessibility expert, incorporating accessibility best practices in design, and the latest advances in Assistive Technology (AT) and accessible coding techniques in mobile and web platforms.

Karen Kitchens is a skilled front end developer at Forum One who brings design to life for government and private sector Drupal and WordPress websites. She graduated from the University of Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a minor in Environmental Science. Karen has a deep interest in learning all there is to know about front end development in Drupal 8 as well as new web development tools more generally. 


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Room E1
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Design, UX, and Accessibility