GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Section 508 Standards

Access Board Standards

The Access Board’s Section 508 Standards were published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2000 (36 CFR Part 1194). These Standards apply to electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies. They contain technical criteria specific to various types of technologies and performance-based requirements which focus on functional capabilities of covered products. The Access Board also produced a technical Guide to the Section 508 Standards.

To promote better and consistent understanding of the Standards, a "Quick Reference Guide" was developed to help clarify and make them more operational. This guide presents a reference page for each technical provision of the Section 508 Standards containing three distinct sections: "What does this requirement mean?", "How can I tell if this requirement is met?", and "Where can I get additional information?".

Standards Refresh

The Board is updating the Section 508 standards jointly with its guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. On February 18, 2015, the Board released a proposed rule updating the 508 Standards and the 255 Guidelines. For an overview of the Section 508 "refresh", look at our single page At-A Glance: The Access Board’s Proposed Rule (2015) To Update Accessibility Requirements. [pdf]