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Frequent Questions


1. What is Section 508?

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires federal agencies to develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology (EIT) that is accessible to people with disabilities – regardless of whether or not they work for the federal government. The U.S. Access Board establishes the Section 508 standards in order to implement the law.

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2. Is Section 508 the same as Reasonable Accommodation?

Section 508 and Reasonable Accommodation (Section 501 and Section 504) are often confused with each other. Section 508 is about the EIT – the equipment and the tools that people use to access information or to do their jobs. Reasonable Accommodation is about the individual and what he/she needs because of his/her disability. Reasonable accommodation removes workplace barriers for individuals with disabilities.

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3. Why does EIT have to be accessible?

Some people who access federal government information and resources may have disabilities. The federal government has employees with disabilities and any new employees could potentially have disabilities. A person can become disabled at any time either temporarily or permanently. The federal government makes its EIT accessible so everybody can access the government's information, because it is the right thing to do, and because it is the law.

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4. What is EIT?

Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) is any equipment or system that a federal agency uses to create, convert, duplicate or access information and data. Examples of EIT include, but are not limited to:


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5. How do I make EIT Section 508 compliant?

When you develop, procure, maintain, or use EIT, "Think 508 first!"


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