GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Watch the Video! New Requirements: Section 508 Refresh

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:42 -- phillip.crawford

The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Architectural Barriers Act, and the Rehabilitation Act collectively make the ins and outs of everyday life more accessible for people with disabilities.

Within these regulations, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 establishes rules to ensure information and communication technology (ICT) is accessible. Section 508 was recently refreshed, and the Revised 508 Standards become effective for federal agencies on January 18, 2018.  

The revisions to the Standards will impact how agencies design their websites; build software; provide internal government communications; and change how we procure IT hardware and software. The goals of the refresh include:
  • Enhancing accessibility for those with disabilities
  • Making requirements and standards easier to understand and follow
  • Updating requirements and standards to keep up with changing technology
  • Harmonizing requirements with other standards in the U.S. and abroad

GSA 2017 Accessibility Refresh Fact Sheet (PDF)

Helpful Links

Contact the Government-wide Accessibility Team at section.508@gsa.gov with questions.