3:1 Comply with Section 508
Strength of Evidence:
Document Type: Guideline
All websites designed for or by the United States government must comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. All other websites (e.g., commercial, private) should strive to be accessible and compliant with Section 508.
Section 508 requires Federal agencies to ensure that their procurement of information technology takes into account the needs of all usersincluding people with disabilities. About eight percent of the user population has a disability that may make the traditional use of a Web site very difficult or impossible. About four percent have vision-related disabilities, two percent have movement-related issues, one percent have hearing-related disabilities, and less than one percent have learning-related disabilities.
Compliance with Section 508 enables Federal employees with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to others. This also enhances the ability of members of the public with disabilities to access information or services from a Federal agency.
For additional information on Section 508 and accessibility:
- http://www.section508.gov • http://www.w3.org/WAI/
Georgia Institute of Technology (1998, October). GVU’s WWW User Surveys. Retrieved November 2005, from http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/user_surveys/survey-1998-10/graphs/graphs.html#general.
United States Government, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended in 1998), Section 508. Retrieved November 2005, from http://www.section508.gov/.
Title: Section 508
Description: Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. IT Accessibility & Workforce Division, in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
Title: Web Accessibility Initiative
Description: Guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility
Title: WebAIM Section 508 Checklist
Description: Provides a checklist of 508 items for HTML.
Related Usability Guidelines: