Section 508 Refresh Checklist

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On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board released a comprehensive update to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to address the ever-changing and universal nature of modern technology.

This following downloadable checklist includes:

  • About the Section 508 Refresh
  • To whom does the refresh apply?
  • What is ICT?
  • ICT Examples
  • Exception checklist
  • Revised Section 508 checklist

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    About the Section 508 Refresh

    On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board released a comprehensive update to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to address the ever-changing and universal nature of modern technology.

    The Section 508 refresh was a monumental step towards greater accessibility in the United States.

    The revised Section 508 now legally requires compliance with WCAG 2.0 standards as applied to the function of the technology rather than product types, such as computer, mobile, or tablet.

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    The revised sections 508 and 255 now both legally require compliance with WCAG 2.0 standards as applied to the function of the technology rather than product types, such as computer, mobile, or tablet.

    The overarching goal of the refresh is to harmonize standards across different industries and governments in the United States, while affirming global accessibility standards.

    The revised section 508 took effect March 21, 2017. The compliance date is January 18, 2018.

    To Whom Does Section 508 Apply?

    As a federal anti-discrimination act, Section 508 applies to federal agencies and departments.

    While Section 508 technically applies only to federal organizations, it is extended to other types of organizations through state laws, institutional laws, and grant requirements

    For example, many states have enacted their own “mini 508” laws that apply the following requirements. In addition, universities (including private universities) that receive funding through grants may be required to comply with Section 508, as well.

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