The Department of Justice (DoJ) recently published the latest Section 508 Report to the President and Congress. The report, mandated under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, defines the current state of U.S. Federal Government activities related to the accessibility of information technology. The report is based on a survey that included responses from 89 agencies. The survey, found that:
- About 50 percent of reporting organizations had established a Section 508 policy
- Nearly 70 percent of reporting organizations had appointed a Section 508 coordinator
- Nearly 60 percent did not provide Section 508 training to their staff
The survey found a lack of resources, awareness and training were the most common challenges in complying with Section 508. Among its recommendations, DoJ said agencies should provide Section 508 training to staff, develop procurement policies in line with Section 508 and regularly test products and websites for compliance. The report also discusses the President’s commitment to remove barriers for those individuals with disabilities.
Over the next few weeks will take a look at data of the survey and report back on the specific state of current Section 508 activities in the Federal government.