IT Accessibility/Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d) as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105 - 220), August 7, 1998 requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. Specifically, Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use EIT, Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

GSA’s Office of Information Integrity and Access is the Federal government’s principal policy resource, advocate, and coordinator for Section 508. We’re charged with educating Federal employees about their responsibilities under Section 508, and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. contains policy guidance, tools to help agencies buy, build and manage accessible technologies, and information for vendors selling accessible technology.

The Buy Accessible Wizard tool simplifies the task of procuring electronic and information technology (E&IT) products that provide accessibility to those with disabilities. Government purchasing and procurement officials should use the Buy Accessible Wizard to conduct market research, and locate products and services that support requirements development and procurement selection processes.

This tool can also help users determine and document Section 508 requirements that apply to a particular E&IT acquisition. E&IT acquisitions made by federal procurement personnel must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d).

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Last Reviewed 2017-05-26