On 7 August 98, the President signed, into law, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments (Part of the Workforce Investment Act) of 1998, which significantly expanded and strengthened the technology access requirements in Section 508.  Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) developed, procured, maintained or used by Federal employees be accessible to employees with disabilities, as well as those members of the public with disabilities who are seeking information from Federal agencies (comparable to that access/information provided to members of the public without disabilities).

The Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Program awards indefinite quantity contracts for use by all Federal agencies, and under the revised Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), offerors awarded a MAS program contract must identify their supplies and services that comply with Section 508 standards.  When issuing task orders to contract holders, Federal agencies must ensure supplies and services meet applicable accessibility standards. The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, or VPAT® (PDF), is a tool used by Federal agency officials to identify the availability of EIT products/services that comply with Section 508 accessibility standards.

Section 508 requirements and other information can be found at www.section508.gov. The accessibility standards also can be found in 36 CFR Part 1194.

If you would like more information on IngenuitE’s Section 508 compliance, please contact us at section508@ingenuite.com.

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