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The University of Tennessee at Knoxville – Food Safety Program


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) funded grants to seven educational institutions, including the University of Tennessee. The goal of the funding s to develop a National Food Safety Curriculum to ensure that federal, state, and local authorities can work together effectively in their responses to food emergencies. The resulting courses and training programs were designed to help improve responses to foodborne illness outbreaks and other events, according to officials at grant recipient institutions by developing an educated, trained, and competent workforce to tackle the food safety issue.

The Challenge: 508 Compliance

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities in employment. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. The existing food safety courses could not be accessed by disabled employees, so the FDA mandated that all legacy and future courses be Section 508 Compliant. The existing curriculum comprised __________ courses, totaling _____ minutes of training.

Our Solution: 508 Compliance Conversion

Ideaon analyzed all content and incorporated best practices to re-create the course to meet the 508 Compliance parameters. The courses addressed the needs of both visually- and hearing-impaired users. Ideaon identified 103 touch points where the standard courses needed to be modified. Ideaon used video and audio queuing, interactivities, and color and contrast to add accessibility. Assistive Learning technologies were also incorporated into the courses. The resulting courses met FDA standards and renewed the university’s grants.


Higher Education

Practice Area

Food Handling Safety

Target Audience

Emergency Workers

Technology Tools

Lectora 12

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