REAL CITIZENS. REAL ISSUES.
- A federal agency wishes to collect feedback from citizens regarding a potential change to their programs, but the form’s fields cannot be read by a screen reader.
- A long-time federal employee develops a severe hand tremor and the computer program he has worked with for years is not compatible with voice-recognition software.
- A helpful video is posted on an agency’s website, but it does not include captions or a transcript for constituents who are deaf or hard of hearing.
FAST FACTS ON SECTION 508
The Law: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
First passed: 1973
Recently refreshed: 2017
Applies to: Federal agencies, their contractors, and vendors
Requires: Information and communications technology (ICT) must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
- web applications, and
U.S. FEDERAL GOV SECTION 508
As we reviewed the newly released September 2012 Section 508 Report to the President and Congress, we were curious to compare the U.S. Federal Government results with prior reports to determine where, comparatively, the government has moved over time.
SECTION 503 UPDATES
As part of the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Fall 2010 Regulatory Agenda the OFCCP has posted an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) relating to the implementation requirements of Section 503.
WHAT IS ACCESSIBILITY?
Digital accessibility refers to the ability of users with disabilities to effectively use information technology (IT) systems including websites, mobile or web-based applications, software, and hardware. Digital accessibility is generally concerned with ensuring that IT systems are designed in such a way that they interact appropriately with assistive technologies.
Assistive technologies can include:
- Screen readers, Braille keypads, or screen magnification software so users who are blind or low vision can read your content.
- Voice recognition software that helps those with mobility disabilities (even arthritis) navigate the web and type using only their voice.
- Head pointers and switch devices that allow those with more limited movement navigate without using their hands or a traditional mouse.
Some of our elders remember the days when a computer filled an entire room. Now, we have computers in our pockets. So many aspects of our lives are made easier by technology.
Yet, those with disabilities are often left out when hardware, software, websites, and apps are designed without a thought for their needs.
By some estimates, one in five people has a disability that affects their daily life. Having equal access to technology has a profound, enabling effect for people with disabilities.
Resources to Download
Ebook: Level the Vote
Voting is a cornerstone of American democracy, yet it remains inaccessible to many individuals with disabilities. This ebook explains what you need to know about accessible voting, what laws your organization needs to be aware of, and why digital accessibility should be a priority.
If you’re a vendor who sells products or services to the U.S. Federal Government – or to certain U.S. State and Local Governments – you have likely already provided a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT®) to report how your products or services meet the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
LEGAL TRENDS AND CASES
In this FREE on-demand webinar, Level Access walks you through recent cases and legal trends in digital accessibility that your telecom organization needs to know about. From the recent explosion of ADA lawsuits regarding websites to the Department of Justice’s decision to abandon plans to regulate website accessibility...
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Contact us today for a free, 30-minute consultation with an accessibility expert in Section 508 and the federal government.
NOT ACCESSIBLE? THAT'S RISKY BUSINESS.
The #1 reason motivating most of our clients. (It's okay if that's what gets you in the door.) Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of a letter or legal action.
Vendors who are selling information and communications technology to the federal government need to meet Section 508 standards to get a contract.
Accessibility cases are also tried in the court of public opinion. Word spreads quickly in the community when an organization values accessibility—or doesn't.