[Athen] federal grants requiring web accessibility assurance in proposals

James L Bailey jbailey at uoregon.edu
Tue Jun 21 18:32:17 PDT 2011

Hi Howard,
It is my understanding that the requirements for compliant websites
related to the grant are in the grant contract. It's the document the
grant recipient signs to get the grant. In fact, I think it's been there
for a few years, but (as the story goes) no one really new how check for

But that's changing. A few weeks back I got a distressed call from a
faculty person with a grant and she said her PDF was kicked back (from
the feds) for not being 508 compliant. I was able to fix it for her and
keep things moving.

So I think it's a real obligation, but has not really been enforced in
the past. That seems to be changing.

Best regards,



James Bailey M.S.
Adaptive Tech Coordinator
University of Oregon

> Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:20:51 -0600

> From: Howard Kramer <hkramer.atsol at gmail.com>

> Subject: [Athen] federal grants requiring web accessibility assurance

> in proposals

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> I've heard anecdotally that federal agencies are now requiring

> assurance of

> compliance with web accessibility guidelines in grant proposals.

> However, I

> can't seem to locate any specific mention of this on the web. Any

> help would

> be appreciated.


> Thanks,

> Howard


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