VASTEC Offers Section 508 Training for Web and Web Application Developers

Tampa, FL, July 27, 2012 --( Companies that need working knowledge of accessibility requirements as mandated by the U.S. government under Section 508 can now receive expert, on-site training for creating Section 508 compliant web content and web applications. This training is provided by VASTEC, a document conversion, digital services and content accessibility provider that specializes in Section 508 accessibility solutions.

Section 508 refers to a 1998 amendment of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requiring federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. VASTEC has worked at the highest levels of the federal government on accessibility projects, and has processed millions of confidential government records to Section 508 guidelines. The expertise gained through such work is the basis of a new training program that can help web and web application development companies improve business opportunities with the federal government.

Most recently VASTEC conducted a Section 508 training course at Panther International, a leading provider of complete grant management and custom application solutions designed specifically for government transportation agencies. Because those applications are often electronically posted by federal agencies, and since many states have now adopted Section 508 requirements, compliancy is required. Software applications that are not accessible and that are not Section 508 compliant are subject to immediate rejection.

"Staying on top of 508 compliance, given the variances state to state and the general ambiguity of the guidance, requires a specialist. VASTEC and their training program keep us informed and compliant," said Chase Stockon, Panther International President and CEO.

In the course of the two-day session, Panther International participants received the foundation of information necessary to ensure understanding of Section 508 laws and standards, and familiarity with the WC3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Attendees received a Resource Guide that included reference material and related service solutions and resources to meet federal requirements.

“Our training session is designed to assist companies that are required to meet Section 508 compliance, but have development team members who are new to the requirements, or find them complex and intimidating,” said Shannon Kelly, VASTEC’s Section 508 Subject Matter Expert. “In a time-efficient eight-hour course we break down those barriers, giving the development team not only the working knowledge they need to proceed with conforming existing and developing new web content and applications to Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards, but also resource information on where to turn for help and services as they need them.”

VASTEC has assembled a team of partners who work in collaboration with VASTEC and its customers to provide assistance with technical compliance assessments and repair of existing applications, and can provide a VPAT (Voluntary Product Assessment Template) on compliant applications. The U.S. federal government often requires a VPAT when procuring electronic and information products as proof of its accessibility and Section 508 compliance.

VASTEC’s accessibility experience has come through Section 508 projects with the Office of the Surgeon General, Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency. In addition, VASTEC has provided document conversion and digital services to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as well as others. VASTEC can process both sensitive and classified materials and has operations in Washington, DC and Tampa, Florida.

More information on VASTEC’s products and services can be found on the company’s website,

About VASTEC: VASTEC, Inc. is a national provider of solutions in the area of document capture and conversion, document accessibility, and Section 508 training for both Federal Government and private industry clients. VASTEC offers accessibility compliance and solutions for document capture, retrieval, workflow and records management, with the capability to convert and remediate electronic data into accessible formats in compliance with Accessibility and Section 508 standards. An authorized partner of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), VASTEC can process sensitive and classified material and its processes, procedures, and security controls have been audited to DOD standards established by FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act). More information on products and services can be found at
Chris Jadick