On July 13, 2000, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), as amended, was written into law. Section 508 applies to the Federal government when developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology (EIT). Under Section 508, Federal departments and agencies must ensure that the EIT allows individuals with disabilities (Federal employees and members of the public) access to, and use of information and data, in a way that is comparable to individuals without disabilities, regardless of the type or medium of technology.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is committed to ensuring the accessibility of its websites, software, hardware, multimedia, and telecommunications. If an individual believes that a bureau or office has failed to procure EIT conforming to Section 508, that individual has the right to file a complaint with the DOI Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
The OCR shall apply the complaint procedures outlined in 43 CFR Part 17, Subpart E, which are established to implement Section 504 for resolving allegations of discrimination in a Federally conducted program or activity. Complaints must be submitted in writing to DOI’s OCR at the following address:
U.S. Department of the Interior
Attn: Director, Office of Civil Rights
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240