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NIST Seeks Industry Ideas on Cloud Accessibility for Employees With Disabilities

cloudThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has opened the comment period for its draft publication on cloud computing accessibility as part of an effort to help employees with disabilities utilize the cloud.

NIST said Thursday the “Cloud Computing and Accessibility Considerations” publication looks into the challenges facing those employees as organizations adopt cloud computing platforms.

“[The document] examines the challenges, barriers and opportunities federal information technology managers face to comply with both the federal government’s accessibility requirements—Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act—and the federal Cloud First policy,” said Robert Bohn, NIST’s cloud computing technology program manager.

The draft publication also cites eight “experiences of inaccessibility” with new technology as well as barriers particularly in cloud computing environments.

NIST’s Cloud Computing Accessibility Public Working Group will accept comments on the draft through April 29.

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