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What is Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires agencies, during the procurement, development, maintenance, or use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to and use of ICT information and data comparable to the access and use afforded to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

Why is it important? (What is Web Accessibility)

When the Federal government "develops, procures, maintains, or uses" ICT, it must meet the Revised Section 508 Standards. Inaccessible ICT prevents employees and customers with disabilities from doing their jobs, or interacting with the Federal government. Conformance with these standards is mandated by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Standard Rules & Regulations

Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and ICT accessible to people with disabilities.

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) revised standards for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies.

The revisions and updates to the Section 508-based standards are intended to ensure that ICT covered by the respective statutes is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG)

WCAG 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Developed with assistance from individuals and organizations around the world, WCAG 2.0 provides a shared standard for web content accessibility that accommodates the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.

Integrated Digital Experience (IDEA) Act

The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, otherwise known as the 21st Century IDEA or IDEA Act, was signed into law in December 2018.

This bill supports the acceleration of the federal government’s goal of improving digital service delivery and customer experience.

Agencies should ensure that websites and web-based forms meet the standards in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act so that every taxpayer, regardless of physical abilities, can access the information they need online.

Page Last Revised - November 18, 2021
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