According to the recent census at least 20% of Americans have either physical or psychologically diagnosed disability, making them a pivotal minority group. In 1998, the US government recognized this and made amends to section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As per the law, every federal government agency is required to make its website safe and accessible. Therefore ensuring that any person with a disability can access federal websites without depending on others.
Section 508 law has specific rules to make sure federal agencies maintain the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) accessible to differently-abled people. Although it has a myriad of rules and regulations, there are three primary features:
Mandatory closed-captioning and subtitles
· Mandatory closed-captioning/subtitles
Video/audio/podcast streaming websites need to ensure that every video has closed-captions and subtitles auto-enabled while watching them.
· Reader support
Websites and browsers should support the read-out-loud feature offered by most screen readers.
· Keyboard accessibility
Websites should support navigation through the keyboard to help people with motor impairment go through the website without using the mouse.
AEL Data’s vast experience in website development and accessibility services makes it your ideal consulting partner to help you assess, validate, and remediate your web application. Our team is skilled in application development by implementing WCAG standards from the design phase to make 508 compliant. AEL Data also provides role-based accessibility training making it a one-stop destination for accessibility services.
Benefits of Section 508
Gain a competitive advantage by accessing an untapped market to increase market share
Accessible products are widely accepted for the US Federal Government contracts
Improved PR by promoting corporate diversity and inclusion policies