On February 18, 2015, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (“Access Board”) released a proposed rule revising and updating the standards for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Why Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Matters to Contractors
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (“EIT”) accessible to individuals with disabilities. Specifically, Section 508 mandates that federal agencies develop, procure, maintain or use EIT in a manner that ensures (1) federal employees with disabilities have comparable access to and use of information and data relative to other federal employees, and (2) that members of the public with disabilities have comparable access to publicly-available information and services – except when either would impose an undue burden on the agency.
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