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Section 508 Compliance Regulations

Section 508 compliance regulations can feel complicated and confusing. In essence these laws are intended to allow equal access to information for all individuals with sensory individuals.

How does this law impact my organization?

  • Federal agencies are required to ensure that their websites are compliant with Section 508 of the Act.
  • Private companies doing business with the federal government are also required to make their website 508 compliant to the extent that the content on the website relates to the federal government.
  • Video that appears on government websites must be captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • PDF Documents and forms on government websites must be accessible to blind and low vision individuals, both government employees and the general public.
  • Beginning in October of 2011, a designated amount of audible video description will be required for media that appears in broadcast, cable, Internet, and the cinema.