Reference Sites for Section 508 (Information Technology)

Creating Section 508 Compliant Electronic Documents

This training provides step-by-step instructions on creating Section 508 compliant electronic documents. 

Creating Section 508 Compliant Excel Spreadsheets

This training provides step-by-step instructions on creating Section 508 compliant Excel spreadsheets.

Effectively audio Describing Video Content

This training provides step-by-step instructions on effectively audio describing video content.

Improving Accessibility with ArcGIS Online Web Mapping Apps

This training provides step-by-step instructions on improving accessibility with ArcGIS Online web mapping apps.

Section 508 Law and Related Laws and Policies

Learn about Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998 (29 U.S.C. § 794 (d)), and its relation to other accessibility laws and policy. 

The General Services Administration was responsible for educating Federal employees and building an infrastructure to support Section 508 implementation.  This website provides Federal employees and the public access to resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508. 

Accessibility Requirements Tool

The Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART) will help you determine if accessibility (Section 508) requirements apply when you purchase Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services.

U.S. Access Board 

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (The Access Board), in consultation with other government agencies and private organizations, was responsible for developing standards for complying with Section 508.  On January 18, 2017, the Access Board published a final rule that jointly updates requirements for information and communication technology covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communication Act.  Learn about the ICT refresh, upcoming webinar sessions, archived webinar sessions, and other resources. 

Federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 

Provides recommendations for making Web content accessible. WCAG 2.0 is supported by the documents, Understanding WCAG 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0.  The WCAG 2 at a Glance page provides a paraphrased summary of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.  A customizable quick reference to WCAG 2.0 requirements and techniques, and other WCAG 2.0 documents are also available.

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) 

In coordination with organizations around the world, WAI pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development. Discover WAI resources for everyone.

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)

A Department of Defense program that conducts assessments, provides information, referrals and assists Non-DoD agencies in determining the appropriate assistive technology (AT) and AT devices to purchase by their agency.  CAP is no longer funded to procure or provide AT and AT devices to Non–DoD agencies.

Video and Multimedia Guidance 

Methods, tips and techniques on how to author and check video and multimedia presentations to make them Section 508 accessible.

Accessible Electronic Documents

Guidance, checklists and testing information for creating accessible electronic documents in different formats such as MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Portable Document Format (PDF). Video for creating accessible MS Word and PDF documents is available.

Adobe PDF Accessibility Series

Learn about remediating inaccessible PDF documents and creating accessible forms.

Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Training Resources

Adobe has created a series of accessibility guides for Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to assist content authors in creating accessible PDF documents.

Microsoft Office Accessibility Center

Learn about making your content accessible, and about key improvements in Office that make it more accessible for all.

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