The Georgia AT Program, Tools for Life (TFL) worked with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the CDC Foundation to improve accessibility of COVID-19 public health materials. TFL produced accessible public health materials that included ASL videos, documents with minimal text complexity, braille materials, etc. TFL ensured the materials and CDC websites met or exceeded Section 508 and WCAG 2.0/2.1 standards and were usable with a range of assistive technology devices. The CDC Foundation provided $1,130,000 in funding for this vital initiative.
This partnership brought visability to the national network of state AT Act programs and focus on ICT accessibility expertise at the highest levels of government and across the US. TFL has seen the positive impact and systemic changes that can occur when partnering with agencies who can quickly amplify the message of AT and accessibility. The initiative continues to grow and there are a lot of opportunities in this space for more involvement and leadership from AT Act programs.