Article 508 Accessibility

Engage Incorporated: Article 508 Accessibility

Article 508 Accessibility

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, effective June 21, 2001, requires U.S. federal government departments and agencies that develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology to assure that these technologies provide access to information and data for people with disabilities.

Section 508 applies to all federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain or use electronic and information technology. The law requires agencies to provide disabled employees and disabled members of the public with access to electronic and information technology that is comparable to the access available to all others.

Section 508 creates a strong incentive for companies that manufacture and market technology products to add or enhance accessibility features in their products. The law does not regulate the technology industry or require private companies to alter their products. It does, however, establish accessibility standards that any technology must endeavor to meet before a federal agency can purchase it.

Engage, Inc. software supports the goals of Section 508. As an organization Engage, Inc. is committed to evaluating ways to make our work product more accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities or age-related impairments. Our commitment allows us to assist the Federal government in making accessible technology choices. We support Section 508 in the following ways: