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Section 508

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act and strengthened provisions covering access to information and data for people with disabilities. As amended, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that federal agencies ensure the electronic and information technology that is developed, procured, maintained, or used by an agency is accessible for people with disabilities - both employees and members of the public. Section 508 ensures that people with disabilities who encounter barriers when using electronic and information technology are provided with access to eliminate these barriers. Examples of barriers include computer hardware which is incompatible with assistive technology; training materials which are inaccessible to blind and/or deaf people; or voicemail systems which are inoperable by people who are deaf.

CAP helps agencies, the information technology community, and various organizations to understand Section 508 requirements. Our Section 508 support includes:

  • Technical assistance
  • Demonstrations of assistive technology and accessible environments at the CAP Technology Evaluation Center (CAPTEC) in the Pentagon
  • Assistance to procurement organizations in learning accessibility requirements for acquisitions
  • Assistance to office automation organizations to ensure help desk understanding of accessibility requirements and compatibility issues

Federal IT Accessibility Initiative/Section 508

The Center for IT Accommodation (CITA), sponsors a web site to provide detailed information specific to Section 508, including reference guides and web-based tools you can use to search for products and vendors. > Learn More

Department of Justice Section 508 Home Page

Every two years, Section 508 requires the Department of Justice to report to Congress and the President on the Federal Government's progress in complying with Section 508. > Read most recent reports

Information Technology Technical Assistance & Training Center

Through training and assistance, the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC), strives to increase the availability of accessible technology in the United States. ITTATC focuses on improving the accessibility and usability of information and telecommunication technology, such as computers, websites and telephones, and on office technology, such as copiers and fax machines. > Learn more about ITTATC

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