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508 Refresh may have passed final hurdle

access board sealThe following was announced by a member of the US Access Board on Saturday, February 14, 2015…

I have good news to share with you about the update of the Access Board’s Section 508 standards and Section 255 guidelines. Yesterday (2/13/15), the Office of Management and Budget cleared our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); it will now be sent to the Federal Register for publication. We will make the NPRM and supporting documents available on our website ( on Wednesday, February 18. It should be published in the Federal Register shortly after that.

We will provide a 90 day public comment period and will hold two public hearings on March 5 and March 11.

Here are the details for the public hearings:

March 5, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PT) Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel One Market Place Mission Beach A & B (3rd floor) San Diego, CA 92101

Note: This hearing will be held in conjunction with the CSUN Conference but persons wishing only to testify need not register for the conference.

March 11, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ET)

U.S. Access Board Conference Room
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004

Witnesses can testify in person at the hearing in San Diego. Witnesses can testify in person or by telephone at the hearing in Washington, DC.

Copies of the rule will not be available at the hearings. Call-in information and a communication access real-time translation (CART) web streaming link for the Washington, DC hearing will be posted before the hearing at

For information on pre-registering to testify, please contact Kathy Johnson at (202) 272-0041, (202) 272-0082 (TTY), or

If you have questions about the rule once it is made public, please contact Tim Creagan at (202) 272-0016, (202) 272-0074 (TTY), or

P.S. We will also offer a free webinar about the proposed rule on Tuesday, March 31 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (ET); you can sign up for the webinar at


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