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Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998 by Public Law 105-220 (the Workforce Investment Act), applies to Federal departments and agencies. Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), they shall ensure that the technology and services allow Federal employees and members of the public with disabilities access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that by Federal employees and members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities.

The term Information and Computer Technologies includes, but is not limited to: software, web-based applications, telecommunications products (such as telephones) and call center technologies, information kiosks and transaction machines, PDFs and electronic documents, PDF and HTML forms, Internet/Intranet sites, multimedia, remote access technologies, computer-based training, mobile applications, social media, Webinar and Webcast applications, Web 2.0, and office equipment such as copiers, scanners, multifunction devices, portable media devices, fax machines, computers and printers.

To assist Federal departments with complying with the requirements of Section 508, the Access Board developed technical standards and functional criteria for various electronic and information technology. Department of Labor's Office of the Chief Information Officer issued guidance, which outlines DOL's policy and provides implementation guidance for Section 508.

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Please direct Department of Labor Section 508 inquiries to the DOL Webmaster at webmaster@dol.gov