508 Compliance

The US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was amended in 1986 and again in 1998 to include all information technology, including computer hardware, software and documentation.  These amendments also created enforcement measures to mandate compliance for websites, documents, and applications developed with US Federal funding or for US government agencies. 

These amendments are known as Section 508 and they dictate specific accommodations for various types of content.  The “Section 508 refresh” or Section 255 Standards Refresh updates the requirements.  A final rule with more details about the standards is expected in the fall of 2012 and codified into law in 2013. 

Who needs to follow these requirements?

U.S. government websites and applications and those developed using US Federal funds must comply with Section 508. Many state agencies and corporations have adopted the standards.

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