Accessibility and Section 508 Awareness

Federal government employees; employees of federal agencies; supervisors of federal employees; managers of federal employees; employees who buy goods and services from the private sector for the federal government; employees who deal with the public who are looking to obtain permits, licenses, and address other regulatory needs

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Expected Duration
30 minutes

Section 508 was introduced to help ensure federal agencies provide equal access to technology for those with disabilities – both federal employees and the public. Under Section 508, agencies are required to eliminate any barriers that people with disabilities may encounter as they use information technologies to access information. Section 508 also promotes the development of new tools and technologies to help ensure equitable electronic accessibility for employees and the public. This course outlines the key Section 508 requirements that federal agencies must follow.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


Overview of Section 508

  • identify the purpose of the Section 508 legislation
  • recognize examples of the types of products to which the 508 standards apply
  • match examples of product features with the section of the 508 standard that applies
  • Section 508 Requirements and Implementation

  • recognize examples of the functional performance criteria for 508 compliant products
  • recognize examples of the requirements for information,documentation, and support of 508 compliant products
  • identify the standards incorporated into the Federal Acquisition Regulation for implementing Section 508




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