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The fact is that no Federal agency is “exempt” from Section 508. There are specific Section 508 exceptions related to National Security...
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Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is a Federal procurement law that requires any EIT products or services that are “developed, procured, maintained, or used” by the Federal Government be accessible to persons with disabilities... What can happen if you don’t comply with Section 508?
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The BuyAccessible Wizard
The BuyAccessible System has three components, all made available to any agency at no cost to help with the quick, easy, and efficient implementation of all Section 508 standards.
- The BuyAccessible Wizard( http://app.buyaccessible.gov/
baw/Main.jsp), which can help you when purchasing Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products and services to determine if Section 508 applies to your purchase or to find accessibility information. The BuyAccessible Wizard can help with your market research— and even has tools to write your solicitation language.
- Quick-Links (http://app.buyaccessible.gov/
baw/Quick-Links/index.jsp), which are pre-packaged Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT) and Solicitation language for a number of standard EIT deliverables. Users can select their deliverable from the drop down list to download the GPAT and solicitation language.
- The Vendor Accessibility Resource Center (VARC at http://buyaccessible.net/VARC) a comprehensive listing of Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) vendors with URLs to their company accessibility information or VPATS to help you with your market research. The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) the most common format vendors can use to describe how their products and services conform to the EIT accessibility standard. The VPAT is a form created by industry and can be requested as part of a solicitation making it mandatory for the vendor to submit with their bid.
Some BuyAccessible.gov features:
- Training for Buyers
- Training for Sellers
- BuyAccessible Glossary
- Acquisition Central
- Federal Acquisition Regulations
- and much more!
Breaking News: buyaccessible.gov is currently down for maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience, however the Wizard tool is up and can be accessed directly via
and Quick Links via