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Making/Developing A Website For All: Our Accessibility Story

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508: what does this number mean to you? (Hint: no, it is not the number of members of the Electoral College!) 508 refers to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires Federal agencies and their grantees to produce digital content that is accessible to people with disabilities. The law covers mobility, sensory,…

HIV/AIDS, Aging and Beyond: Redesigning and Enhancing the National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Website

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The AIDS Institute (TAI)  is the lead organizer for National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD), which is observed on September 18. We saw the approach of this year’s eighth annual observance as an opportunity to evaluate our NHAAD website. We sought usability feedback from our NHAAD partners and reviewed evaluations from local organizations that…

White House Announcement: “HTTPS-Everywhere for Government”

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Editor​’s​ Note: ​It is important to learn about HTTPS. Yesterday, the White House issued a directive [PDF 258 KB] on that issue. Following is a cross-post from the White House Office of Management and Budget blog. Please give us your feedback! Today, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the HTTPS-Only Standard…

Live streaming: New Tools – New Opportunities – New Questions

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Are you looking to connect your audiences with visual content in real-time? You may want to consider “live streaming,” or broadcasting live video. While live streaming has been around for a while, it is becoming easier for anyone with a smart mobile device to share a “live” video with friends, family, and followers. For the…

WhiteHouse.gov Is Evolving With You in Mind

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Editor’s Note: This cross-post from The White House Blog highlights the Obama Administration’s focus on leveraging digital tools and technologies to better reach and inform the American public. One of the objectives of the Digital Government Strategy (DGS) is to: “Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information…

LAUNCHED! AIDS.gov Virtual Office Hours! Your social media questions answered here!

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AIDS.gov hosts Social Media Labs to provide free technical assistance for AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and Federal HIV programs to extend their stakeholder outreach. But many in the HIV community face travel restrictions and cannot meet us in person. To extend the reach of our social media assistance, we have launched AIDS.gov Virtual Office Hours,…

Live Streaming: June 23 – A Town Hall Forum with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx

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On Monday, June 23, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) will host a live town hall forum with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., the new Global AIDS Coordinator.  Amb. Birx will lay out her vision for the next phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in supporting efforts to achieve an AIDS-free…

Federal Perspectives on Reaching our Audiences with New Media Tools in 2014

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AIDS.gov convenes and is guided by the Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council. The Council includes web/new media leads, subject matter experts, and communication leads representing HIV programs across the U.S. Government. Together we use new media to promote Federal programs, policies and resources related to HIV. In March, members heard from four key Federal leaders about…