Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

  • Applies to federal agencies’ development, procurement, maintenance, or use of electronic and information technology
    • Covers IT intended both for internal use by federal employees and for external use by members of the public seeking information/services from federal agencies
  • Applies to non-federal entities through contract: IT vendors or entities providing services on behalf of a federal agency
    • Federal agency remains responsible under Section 508 for its contractors’ work
    • Through contract, federal agencies generally extend Section 508 requirements to their contractors  
  • Technical guidelines issued by Access Board
    • Make clear websites must comply with WCAG 2.0 AA
  • Undue burden defense for federal agencies—difficult to meet and must provide alternative means of access