About the Law: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998
Section 508 states the following: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is issuing final accessibility standards for electronic and information technology covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.
Section 508 requires the Access Board to publish standards setting forth a definition of electronic and information technology and the technical and functional performance criteria necessary for such technology to comply with section 508.
Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, they shall ensure that the electronic and information technology allows Federal employees with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of information and data by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.
Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.(Taken from http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/508standards.htm)
The following links provide more information on Section 508:
Jon Gunderson's web site for “Designing Universally Accessible WWW Resources”
Last revised on 11/10/2004
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