Section 508 Compliance

Section 508 Compliance

What is 508 Compliance?

Section 508 is an amendment to the US Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973--a federal law that mandates all federal agencies make their electronic and information technology (such as publications, presentations, software and websites) accessible to people with disabilities. In making documents 508 compliant, these documents and web pages are then accessible to people with disabilities via assistive technologies such as screen or text readers.  For more information about Section 508 and its requirements, please visit GSA's comprehensive government-wide Section 508 page

Who is responsible for making documents/technologies compliant or accessible?

The document creator is responsible for making sure all documents submitted to the library are accessible; the library will only accept publications in PDF format.  Document accessibility can be checked in Adobe, using the build in accessibility wizard.  Documentation from Adobe Acrobat on running the wizard can be found here.     

How do I make my publications compliant?

The General Services Administration (GSA) has complied a number of resources about creating accessible documents in a variety of formats such as PDF, Word, Power Point, and more.

Additionally, the Department of Commerce Learning Center also offers training for Section 508 requirements.