Section 508

Section 508 requires that federal agencies and private organizations that receive government funding make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessible to people with disabilities.


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.


  • Government agencies
  • Private federal contractors
  • An organization that bids for government contracts


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.


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.

Website Audits

Whether you are starting out, or overhauling your website, auditing is the best place to start. Our experts provide you with a detailed manual audit of your digital asset (website, mobile app, software etc) against the WCAG conformance level that you require.


Now that you have an audit report, you can choose to fix your web application in-house with our Web Accessibility Specialist working with your team, or have AEL developers remediate it for you. We also support remediation for third-party audit reports.


Our consultants can jump in at any stage of your accessibility planning, whether it is pre-audit, in the middle of remediation or planning for future contingencies, and guide you and your organization to web accessibility compliance.

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