Section 508 refers to a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. When the Rehabilitation Act was created, its goal was to prevent disability discrimination in federal organizations, federal programs, federal contractors, and similar groups. This Act was amended in 1998 to include Section 508 because of the technological advancements being made at the time.
As a result of Section 508, federal agencies must create, maintain, and distribute all electronic information and technology in ways that are accessible for people with disabilities. This helps to ensure that all federal agencies and programs are giving members of their organizations and members of the public the ability to access information and participate in related activities without barriers.
Section 508 has adopted the WCAG 2.1 AA as guidelines for ensuring that websites are authored and structured in an accessible and inclusive manner to work as seamlessly as possible with those relying on assistive technologies.
To learn more about how UserWay’s Accessibility Widget complies with Section 508 regulations, please contact us.