Section 508 requires that federal agencies and private organizations that receive government funding make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessible to people with disabilities.
WHAT IS SECTION 508?
Formed in 1998, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was created to provide people with disabilities access to ICT, regardless of whether they work for the federal government or not. ICT includes software, hardware, and even digital documents that any federal agency procures, and uses.
Amended in 2018, Section 508 especially mentioned the use of WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA conformance levels.
WHO SHOULD CONFORM TO SECTION 508?
- Government agencies
- Private federal contractors
- An organization that bids for government contracts
508 STANDARDS FOR WEB CONTENT
To meet Section 508 compliance requirements, your website, service or product must meet WCAG version 2.0 Level A, AA success criteria at minimum. If you have taken a step ahead to already adopt WCAG 2.1 – a round of applause for you.
WCAG 2.1 is backward compatible with 2.0 which means that your products which are conformant with 2.1 standards automatically comply with 2.0 to help with ADA compliance.
If you haven’t already, this comprehensive WCAG 2.1 checklist is a must see, which details the change from 2.0 to 2.1
If you are new to achieving WCAG 508 compliance, a good place to start will be with an audit of your digital product or service.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
At AEL Data, we aim to be your partner to help you assess, validate, and remediate your web application. Our certified IAAP experts audit your website against the current WCAG standards to identify how it ranks on the A11Y scale. You can choose to remediate it yourself, or with our help. We also continue to work with you to test your product to achieve online website compliance after the issues have been resolved.
Choose from any one or a combination of the following to help you with ADA and Section 508 compliance.