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Trace Launches 508-255-Refresh Website

508-255-Refresh.trace.wisc.edu is a new resource to find, review, and discuss the Access Board's proposed regulations for accessible information and communication technology. Draft 508 and 255 regulations are presented in an easier-to-review format that allows site visitors to read and post comments on each provision. Trace's expert analysis and commentary are also provided.

The deadline for filing comments with the Access Board is June 21, 2010. Registered site users may post comments on the site, which could be picked up and used by others in developing their formal comments.

NOTE: The site is for information and discussion only. Comments posted to the site are not automatically sent to the Access Board. Site users are encouraged to file their own formal comments with the Access Board. Instructions for filing formal comments are provided on the site.

The U.S. Access Board published its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on March 22, 2010. This notice contains revised accessibility standards that the government uses for purchasing information and communication technologies (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act). It also includes revised rules for making phones and other telecommunication products accessible (Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act).

The site contains a Plain(er) Language Version of the ANPRM for those not familiar with the guidelines or some of the terms. Also included are:

  • Summary of key issues already identified in commentary to date,
  • Issues, comments and key features by disability,
  • Detailed comments by provision,
  • The Access Board's 33 questions, along with explanation and comments,
  • Other reports and analyses (including a comparison with the TEITAC report).
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