Federal Standard for Electronic and Information TechnologyBy Baquis, David; Information Technology and Disabilities, Vol. 9, No. 2
Publication Date: December 2003
Article discusses the development of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires all federal departments and agencies to adhere to accessibility requirements when procuring, developing, using, or maintaining electronic and information technology. The law mandates that the Access Board, which is an independent federal agency devoted to ensuring accessible design for people with disabilities, to develop accessibility requirements and for the Section 508 Standard to become part of federal regulations. The Access Board develops accessibility guidelines for the built environment, transit vehicles, and telecommunications products, and enforces design standards for federally funded facilities. An overview of the Section 508 standard is presented.
Published by: EASI - Equal Access to Software & Information (Website:http://www.rit.edu/~easi/)
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