Microassist “Essentials of EIR Accessibility” Workshop Resources
Essentials of EIR Accessibility:
An Overview of Key Elements
(Originally Presented on October 9, 2018)
UPDATE – On September 20, 2019 newly proposed changes to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 213 were published in the Texas Register – these updates are currently under a 30 day comment period that concludes October 20, 2019.
Proposed changes include moving to the new US Section 508 Technical standards (WCAG 2.0 AA, etc) and to other provisions.
The posting reinforces the importance of the upcoming deadline to comply to these standards by April 18, 2020.
Last year, Microassist presented its “Essentials of EIR Accessibility: An Overview of Key Elements” workshop, part of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Technology Today series in association with TASSCC.
To aid digital accessibility professionals across Texas government and education, we have gathered the workshop materials, links to accessibility tools and training, and State of Texas accessible procurement-related information. We hope you will find these resources helpful in guiding the steps you can take for agency readiness for the TAC 206 and TAC 213 updates.
“Essentials of EIR Accessibility” Workshop Resources
- Jeff Kline, Texas Statewide Accessibility Program Director
- Hiram Kuykendall, Microassist Chief Technology Officer
- DIR event survey — Was this session valuable? Please let us know! Survey provided by DIR and Joy Hall Bryant.
- “Essentials of EIR Accessibility” presentation (PowerPoint .pptx, 1 Mb) — Presentation file used during workshop. NOTE: Content is accessible within the “Notes” area.
- “Essentials of EIR Accessibility” worksheet (Word .docx, 34 Kb) – The handout provided during the session.
- PESO discussion list subscription page — Jeff mentioned the PESO email list during his introductory remarks. PESO (Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet) is a working group for discussing policy and technology issues related to improving access to government issues and services via the internet. Subscribe to register for membership.
- State Accessibility Rules
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
- Accessibility in the News — Archives of our free Accessibility in the News newsletter. Subscribers are updated weekly on news related to accessibility and disability issues.
- VPAT®/ACR (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®/Accessibility Conformance Report)
- VADSIR (Vendor Accessibility Development Services Information Request)
- WAVE — Free Web Accessibility Evaluation tool, by WebAIM
- Paciello Colour Contrast Analyzer — The Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA) helps you determine the legibility of text and the contrast of visual elements, such as graphical controls and visual indicators.
- Closed Captions
- Open Caption
Many thanks to the Texas Department of Information Resources, Jeff Kline, and everyone who organized and attended this event to make it a success!
Upcoming Accessibility Training – November 2019
Interested in more training? Register for our upcoming Content Developers training:
- Nov 5 – Document Accessibility, Part 1: Word Accessibility and PDF Accessibility, Fundamentals
- Nov 13 – Document Accessibility, Part 2: PDF Accessibility, Intermediate
- Nov 19 – Document Accessibility, Part 3: PDF Accessibility, Advanced
- Nov 7 – Document Accessibility: Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Accessibility and Training Newsletters
To continue growing your expertise in accessibility, sign up for one or more of our free Microassist newsletters. Simply subscribe below, then view our collection of these relevant accessibility articles.
Microassist has been a DIR-contracted vendor since 1992. Learn more about our accessibility consulting, training and related services offered through our four Texas DIR Cooperative Contracts.
- DIR‑TSO‑3813 – Accessibility IT Services
- DIR‑TSO‑3849 – Deliverables-Based Information Technology (DBITS)
- DIR‑TSO‑3982 – Government Training Services
- DIR‑TSO‑4196 – Web Development and Managed Services
Vendor ID: 1742768479400
Certified Texas HUB: #56092
For Further Reading
Below is a selection of informative accessibility content from our blogs.
- Introducing VPAT® 2.0, the More Stringent Accessibility Reporting Tool Required for Government IT Procurement
- How Accessible Should My Digital Content Be? Understanding WCAG 2.0 Conformance Levels
- A Primer on Digital Accessibility Terms and Today’s Legal Landscape
- Principles and Tools from Modern Accessibility Techniques, Hiram Kuykendall’s AAUG Presentation
“Voluntary Product Accessibility Template” and “VPAT” are Federally Registered Service Marks of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).