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