Section 508: Fundamentals of the Law and Technical Standards

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Technical level: Beginner

Duration: 1 hour (estimate)

IAAP CAECs: 1.00 (This class counts toward renewal of IAAP certification)

Course Synopsis:

Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a law that requires the Federal government to provide access to its electronic and information technology, specifically the electronic and information technology Federal agencies develop, use, maintain, and procure. The law applies to various kinds of technology, including hardware, software, office equipment, and government web pages. The goal of the information presented in this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of Section 508, including:

  • How 508 is applied and understood in the context of other accessibility laws,
  • The technical standards and scope of the law, and
  • The technological requirements of the law.

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Course Topics: Section 508: Fundamentals of the Law and Technical Standards

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Legal Context
    • Accessibility and Government
    • Accessibility Law
    • Section 508 Authorities - Who Does What
      • Section 502: Creation of the Access Board
      • Section 508: Additional Responsibilities for Access Board
      • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • Standards
    • Overview of the Section 508 Standards
    • Structure of the Section 508 Refresh Standards
    • Summary of Key Provisions
  • Technical Scope and Exceptions
    • Types of ICT and Definitions
    • Access to Functionality
    • Allowable Exceptions
  • Electronic Content
    • Definitions
    • Requirements for Electronic Content
  • Hardware Requirements
  • Software Requirements
    • General Requirements
    • Platform Software
    • Applications
    • Authoring Tools
    • Mobile
  • Support Documentation and Services Requirements
  • Summary and Next Steps