GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Common Misconceptions

If an agency is making a "Brand Name or Equal" ICT procurement, does Section 508 apply?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:36 -- BuyAccessible Team

Yes. Section 508 applies when Federal agencies "develop, procure, maintain, or use information and communication technology." Even if the agency is simply procuring a new version of an existing product, Section 508 applies. Section 508 requirements must be considered in the Brand Name justification and in the "or Equal" decision. It is a best practice to include Section 508 requirements in solicitation documentation for Brand Name or Equal, otherwise how are vendors able to propose products or services that equals the brand name?

The Rehabilitation Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Telecommunications Act Unwrapped

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:37 -- BuyAccessible Team

Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors. The standards for determining employment discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act are the same as those used in title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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