GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

How to Answer 508 Facepalms: Only for Internal Employees

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:13 -- BuyAccessible Team

In August 2015, we wrote a post, “508 Facepalms or Opportunities?” listing some of the questions and comments you may have heard about Section 508. So how do you answer those questions? This is the part of a series of blog posts to help you.

If someone says: If someone says, “Don’t worry, it’s only for our 10,000 internal employees. Nobody outside will have any access,” they may be confused about what information and communication technology (ICT) needs to be made accessible and may be underestimating how many people with disabilities will access it.

A response could be: Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to access available to others. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. So that means internal information technology is subject to Section 508 too. This means it applies to both your websites for the public and your IT for your employees.