The internet and its associated technology has been part of everyday life for decades now. As it began infiltrating every part of our lives from work to personal, the need for accessible websites and technology became increasingly clear. People who are Deaf, blind, or have other physical limitations or learning impairments need to be able to have the same level of access to resources on the internet as anyone else. For federal agencies and contractors, this means working with 508 compliance services.
What is Section 508 Compliance?
Section 508 is an amendment to the United States Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This amendment requires government agencies and organizations that receive government funding to provide accessible information and communications technology to people with diversabilities (diverse abilities).
Below are some of the technologies that are included under Section 508:
- Mobile devices
- Videos and other taped productions
- PDF documents
- Online trainings
- Remote access tools
- Computers and tablets
Though this list is not comprehensive, it covers the major information and technology that federal agencies need to be aware of when working towards Section 508 compliance.
It is important to note that Section 508 compliance does not just pertain to people employed by the federal government. It also pertains to federal websites and technology for users outside of the organization.
For example, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website and phone line need to be accessible by taxpayers across the nation, including those with diversabilties, so they are able to ask questions about taxes and receive help filing.
How Section 508 Compliance Services Can Help
One of the top reasons to work with an agency that provides 508 compliance services is that they have experience in the area. Doing research and attempting to ensure compliance in-house may seem like a way to save money in the short-term, but it can lead to civil lawsuits or compliance issues down the line.
Additionally, if you are not able to assign an in-house team that is solely dedicated to improving 508 compliance, important facets of compliance can fall through the cracks.
Federal contractors with experience in 508 compliance have existing checklists, processes, and compliance technology that they know and trust. They also stay up to date on the most recent law changes and information to help you maintain compliance past the original audit they do of your existing technology and services.
Contact Applied Development to Discuss Your Technology
Our expert team at Applied Development has worked with the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide 508 compliance services as well as processes for dealing with anything that should arise pertaining to Section 508. Some of the services we provide relating to Section 508 include:
- Technical assistance and materials
- Diversability regulations
- Section 508 complaint procedures