Section 508

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities so they may obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. 

Sexton & Company is well-versed in the requirements of Section 508. We have developed DVDs and online training programs to assist individuals and meet the requirements of the law. The training is developed with a startup screen that allows the user to pick one of three different setups for playing the video: 

  • Played regularly
  • Played with captions, or
  • Played with a voiceover describing what’s going on in the video 

This was used as a demo project for the Department of Defense to determine their standards for Section 508 compliance. It also provided web connectivity in the test so that the user could communicate directly with the releasing agency. 

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DoD Section 508 compatibility

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