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Section 508 Accessibility

   

Promoting Accessibility  with Section 508

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d) to require federal agencies to make their public electronic and information technology content accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual’s ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.

Section 508 requires that when federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

Five 9 Group and Section 508
Five 9 Group’s commitment to accessible solutions allows us to support the government in making accessible technology choices. Section 508 reinforces the best practices that our organization already performs. We proactively educate our service teams about accessible design and the Section 508 Access Board standards. Five 9 Group is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. Five 9 Group is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to persons of all abilities, including persons with disabilities. To meet this commitment, we look to the accessibility best practices and standards defined by Section 508.

More Information on Section 508
For further information on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, see: