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Synopsis of Section 508 Accessibility Requirements:
508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain,
or use electronic and information technology (EIT), Federal employees
with disabilities have comparable access to and use of information and
data as Federal employees who have no 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 comparable access to and use of information
and data as the public without disabilities, unless an undue burden would
be imposed on the agency.
Although Federal agencies have an explicit statutory obligation to
make all EIT that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section
508, the current emphasis is on newly procured EIT because it is the
category that is explicitly enforceable by legal action. Procurement
awards made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section
According to the Access
Board, the Section 508 requirements do not apply retroactively to
pre-existing EIT. Specifically, the "Electronic
and Information Technology Accessibility Standards: Economic Assessment," states that
"The standards are to be applied prospectively and do not require Federal agencies to
retrofit existing electronic and information technology. As agencies upgrade
and change their electronic and information technology, they must comply
with the standards." (See Chapter 2.1 Final Standards)
It should be noted, however, that other Federal regulations and guidelines
501 and Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act) require equal access for individuals
with disabilities. Therefore, Federal agencies are required, upon
request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities
through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.
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Last updated: 09/13/2010