Web Accessibility Guidelines - Section 508 Checklist: Part 1
The United States enforces two main accessibility laws: The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, and Section 508. These laws provide context for both business and the federal government on how to provide services and content to the public.
ADA, is a federal law that was enacted in 1990, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, while also aiming to ensure equal access and opportunities to everyone. The second law that addresses accessibility is Section 508 which is a federal law that requires electronic and information technology (EIT) used by the federal government to be accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 aims to eliminate barriers in EIT that prevent people with disabilities from accessing information and participating in government programs and services. Section 508 applies only to federal agencies and organizations that receive federal funding.
Supplementing the text of the law itself, federal agencies looking to become compliant with Section 508 can also refer to the US Access Board's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility 508 Standard and Guidelines. However, it is worth noting here that this is the Revised Standard. In its initial form, the 2000 version of the 508 Standard contained two sections outlining protocols relevant for the development and usage of accessible technologies, § D1194.21 Software applications and operating systems and § 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications, which was thought in line with the web conent accessibility guidelines of WCAG 1.0. Below we include this checklist:
Original 508 Standard - Checklist
§ D1194.21 Software applications and operating systems.
§ 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.
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