Section 508

Section 508 is a federal law in the United States requiring electronic and information technology (EIT) to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. It ensures that people with disabilities have equal access to and use of EIT, such as computers, software, websites, and other technologies.

1. What is the purpose of Section 508?
Section 508 aims to remove barriers in accessing and using technology for individuals with disabilities. It ensures that EIT is designed, developed, and maintained to be accessible, promoting equal opportunities and inclusivity.

2. Who must comply with Section 508?
Any federal agency or department in the United States is required to comply with Section 508. Additionally, any organization that receives federal funding or contracts from the government must also ensure their EIT is accessible.

3. What types of technology does Section 508 cover?
Section 508 covers a wide range of technology, including computers, software applications, websites, mobile devices, telecommunications equipment, and digital content. It applies to both hardware and software components of these technologies.

4. What accessibility standards does Section 508 incorporate?
Section 508 incorporates the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA as the standard for web accessibility. It also references other accessibility standards for different types of technology, such as the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standards for telecommunications equipment.

5. What are the consequences for non-compliance with Section 508?
Failure to comply with Section 508 can result in legal consequences, including lawsuits, fines, and loss of contracts or funding. Additionally, non-compliance limits accessibility for individuals with disabilities, hindering their ability to fully participate in society.