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November 5, 2008    DOL Home > CIO > Laws & Regs > Section 508   

Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998 by Public Law 105-220 (the Workforce Investment Act), applies to Federal departments and agencies. Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use Electronic and Information Technology (EIT), they shall ensure that this technology allows Federal employees and members of the public with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that by Federal employees and members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities.

The term electronic and information technology includes, but is not limited to, computers, printers, software applications, telecommunications products [such as telephones], information kiosks and transaction machines, Internet/Intranet sites, multimedia, and office equipment such as copiers and fax machines.

To assist Federal departments with complying with the requirements of Section 508, the Access Board developed technical standards and functional criteria for various electronic and information technology. The Office of the Chief Information Officer issued guidance, which outlines DOL's policy and provides implementation guidance and links to other resources.

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