Section 508

In 1998, Congress enacted Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to eliminate barriers in information technology when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Federal agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is equally as effective as access to people without disabilities.

Under Section 508 federal employees with disabilities should have an accessible workplace. People who are blind or visually impaired are able to:

  • access and use government information and services as independently and effectively as those who are sighted;
  • fill out an electronic form;
  • keep a copy of the form; or
  • access information describing a federal program.

Consumers who are blind or visually impaired should be able to locate, identify and operate the controls, and functions of any information technology used to provide government information.

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This page was updated October 30, 2007