508 Compliance Services

We’re Experts in Navigating Section 508 Compliance

What is Section 508?

Section 508 requires that federal agencies’ electronic and information technology (E&IT) be accessible to people with disabilities. This means that U.S. federal agencies that develop, procure, maintain or use E&IT design their product so that people with disabilities have comparable access and use as those who do not have disabilities.

Section 508 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998, although many mistakenly believe that it’s part of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The know-how to make information accessible to all

We evaluate, assess and remedy issues in websites; Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files; and PDF documents for compliance with Section 508. In doing so, we fully support the federal government’s efforts to make electronic information and web-based products accessible to all users. We also reduce the administrative burden associated with compliance for federal agencies. We provide 508 optimizations for all federal E&IT efforts.

Our solutions not only are Section 508 compliant but also improve technology to make it more user-friendly for people with disabilities. The goal is to encourage the disabled community to make full use of the technology. With our expertise, businesses can offer the same benefits and services to people both with and without disabilities – enabling businesses to become more involved in the community while extending their reach.

We ensure that all websites and postings designed for our federal clients meet Section 508 compliance standards. To that end, we have invested in Criterion® Section 508 Solutions training and certification for all project staff involved in any web development or materials designed for electronic posting.

Case studies: producing Section 508 compliant documents

We produce Section 508 compliant documents for a range of federal agencies, including:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Sub-agencies of U.S. Health and Human Services (health-related PDF documents into Section 508 compliant website content; under a subcontract with Thomson Reuters and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioning

We produce Section 508 compliant websites by reviewing items such as:

  • Accessible forms
  • Accessible frame labelling
  • Accessible script content
  • Alternate text equivalents for images
  • Client-side image maps
  • Color contrast for low vision
  • Device-independent content
  • Multimedia alternatives
  • Navigational shortcuts
  • Screen flicker
  • Server-side image maps
  • Structural elements
  • Stylistic independence
  • Tables for data
  • Tables for layout purposes
  • Text-only alternate versions
  • Timed responses
  • Use of ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications)
  • Video captioning