United States Access Board Proposes Rule Changes to Section 508

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Section 508 ComplianceThe United States Access Board has just announced that it has released a proposed rule for public comment. The rule would update accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

"The Board's proposal is responsive to widespread changes and innovations in the IT and communication industries," states Sachin Dev Pavithran, Vice Chair of the Access Board. "It is important that the 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines stay abreast of the ever-evolving technologies they cover so that accessibility for people with disabilities is properly addressed."

The proposed rule changes are available to the public on the Board's website.

About Section 508

Section 508 is an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act. This amendment specifies that government agencies must make their electronic and information technology available to people with disabilities. It covers software applications and operating systems, web-based intranet and internet information and applications, telecommunications products, videos or multimedia products, self-contained and/or closed products, and desktop and portable computers. Since its adoption in 1998, the digital realm has exploded, making Section 508 compliance even more necessary to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities.

Deque is the foremost website accessibility expert in Section 508 implementation, support, and compliance programs at the federal level. Our goal is to help your agency remediate your existing web content and learn to integrate accessibility into your development process for future projects.

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About the US Access Board

The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.

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