What is the purpose of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act?

Section 508 requires that the federal government procure, create, use and maintain ICT that is accessible to people with disabilities, regardless of whether or not they work for the federal government.

What does section 508 apply to?

What is Section 508? Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires federal agencies to develop, procure, maintain or use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) that is accessible to people with disabilities – regardless of whether or not they work for the federal government.

When was Section 508 added to the Rehabilitation Act?

Section 508 was originally added to the Rehabilitation Act in 1986; the 1998 amendments significantly expand and strengthen the technology access requirements in Section 508.

What section is the Rehabilitation Act?

Section 504
Section 504 of the Rehab Act prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities by any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance or by any program or activity conducted by a federal executive agency or the U.S. Postal Service.

What is Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act?

Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits federal executive branch agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Rate Commission, from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities.

Who enforces Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act?

The U.S. Access Board
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 The U.S. Access Board is responsible for developing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility standards to incorporate into regulations that govern Federal procurement practices.

Who must comply with Section 508?

Primarily any legal organization operating under permission of the federal government is required to be compliant to Section 508. If you own a business, your wish is for as many people to access it as possible.

What are three requirements of the Rehabilitation Act?

Requirements common to these regulations include reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities; program accessibility; effective communication with people who have hearing or vision disabilities; and accessible new construction and alterations. Each agency is responsible for enforcing its own regulations.

How is the Rehabilitation Act enforced?

If a state or local government employer receives federal financial assistance, an individual with a disability who is employed by or applies for employment with that employer is protected by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, enforced by the federal agency that provided the federal financial …

What is a 503 disability?

Definition of Disability from Section 503: The term disability means, with respect to an individual: (i) A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; (ii) A record of such an impairment; or (iii) Being regarded as having such an impairment.

What type of law is EN 301 549?

In a nutshell, EN 301 549 is an accessibility standard that covers all ICT (Information and Communication Technology). This includes pretty much every digital product you can think of, cell phones, printers, ATMs, electronic documents, software, web content and more.