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In 1998, the United States Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with ability of these individuals to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted in the U.S. to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that help achieve these goals. The Access Board, a U.S. government agency, developed accessibility standards for the various technologies covered by the law. These standards are folded into the procurement regulations for the federal government.
The law applies to all U.S. government agencies that develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
NOTE: Section 508 undergoes review to address recent internet technology developments. It is recommended that you review the laws and regulations to further your understanding about Section 508 and how you can support implementation.
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