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What is Section 508?
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, they shall ensure that this technology allows:
Note: The scope of Section 508 is limited to the Federal sector. It does not apply to the private sector, nor does it generally impose requirements on the recipients of Federal funds.
The law establishes a complaint procedure and reporting requirements that further promote compliance. Section 508 provides that any individual with a disability may file a complaint alleging that a Federal agency fails to comply with Section 508 when procuring EIT. Complaints shall be filed with the Federal agency alleged to be in noncompliance. Under Section 508, individuals may also sue an agency in Federal court to correct an alleged violation. Agencies are encouraged to develop voluntary alternative dispute resolution procedures to address complaints. People with disabilities also may have enforceable rights under Sections 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for agency's development, maintenance, or use of EIT.
The General Services Administration (GSA) maintains a website devoted to Section 508 at http://www.section508.gov. In addition, the Access Board provides information about the law and its standards at http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm.
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Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Georgia Institute of Technology
490 10th Street NW · Atlanta, GA 30318
Telephone: 1-800-726-9119 (Voice/TTY) · Fax: 404-894-9320 · Email: email@example.com