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Section 508 ICT Testing Baseline Portfolio

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 10:20 AM PDT  
Grand GH  

In the US federal government, agencies struggle with accessibility conformance reports and test results.
Can we trust that these results are accurate?
Who did the testing?
If two different individuals tested the same product, would they get the same results?

Section 508 conformance testing has varied depending on who (or what) is doing the testing and evaluation. As a result, federal agencies use a wide range of disparate testing methods to validate conformance to ICT accessibility requirements. This difference in testing leads to:
Duplication of effort across agencies, inability to share and rely on validation testing results from other agencies, and
confusion among IT product vendors when test results from agencies conflict with one another.

Section 508 ICT Testing Baseline Portfolio establishes the interpretation of the Standards and minimum requirements of accessibility testing to successfully validate Section 508 conformance. The Baseline Portfolio consists of a testing ICT Baseline for Web and a draft Baseline for Electronic Documents. The Baseline Portfolio will eventually include Baselines for other ICT (e.g., software, hardware, etc.). The Baselines can be used to create Section 508 test processes as well as determine how well existing test processes cover Section 508 requirements.

This presentation will include a preview of updates for the Baseline for Web and the work involved in developing the Baseline for Electronic Documents.

This Presentation Link (PPTX) is provided by the Presenter(s) and not hosted by the Center on Disabilities at CSUN. The Center on Disabilities has confirmed, as of March 27, 2024, content linked is relevant to the presentation, but has not been reviewed for accessibility nor will the Center on Disabilities attempt to remediate any accessibility issues in the linked content. Please contact the Presenter(s) with any accessibility concerns.

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
The Section 508 ICT Testing Baseline Portfolio interprets the 508 Standards and sets minimum requirements of accessibility testing for consistent and reliable test results. Learn about the Baseline for Web and a Baseline for Documents is coming soon!  
Primary Topic
Evaluation & Remediation  
Secondary Topics
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Web
Session Type
General Track  


  • Andrew Nielson
    General Services Administration
  • Kristen Smith-O'Connor
    General Services Administration
  • Kathy Eng
    U.S. Access Board

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