What is the Section 508
(A Part Of The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973)?

Section 508 refers to a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

When the Rehabilitation Act was brought into play, its initial goal was to prevent disability discrimination in federal organizations, federal programs, federal contractors, and similar groups.

The Section 508 refresh of the ADA was issued as a final rule by the Access Board and jointly updated and reorganized the Section 508 standards in response to market trends and innovations, such as the convergence of technologies.

The refresh also harmonizes these requirements with other guidelines and standards

Both in the U.S. and abroad, including standards issued by the European Commission and with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), a globally recognized voluntary consensus standard for web content and information and communication technology.

Specifically, the rule references WCAG 2.0 Level AA success criteria and applies them not only to websites, but also to electronic documents and software.

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