Rehabilitation Act, Section 508

Section 508 requires that Federal agencies must ensure comparable accessibility to persons with disabilities whenever that agency uses electronic or information technology, unless such access would impose an undue burden.

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board ("Access Board"), in consultation with certain other government agencies and private organizations, is responsible for developing standards for complying with Section 508. These requirements will be incorporated into the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR"). Federal agencies and departments must then revise their procurement policies to incorporate the new standards.

Filing A Section 508 Complaint:
If a Federal agency procures electronic and information technology that does not comply with the standards developed by the Access Board, it is subject to administrative complaints and private lawsuits by employees and members of the public. Agencies receiving administrative complaints must apply the complaint procedures established to implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for resolving the allegations of discrimination. In private lawsuits, the rights and remedies of the parties are the same as in litigation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as it applies to federally conducted programs.

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