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Compliance with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

This is a reminder to all OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs of their obligations to comply with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, under which Federal agencies must ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to their programs and activities and comparable access to electronic information and technology

Section 504 requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in their programs and benefit from their services, including the provision of information to employees and members of the public.  Agencies must provide appropriate auxiliary aids where necessary to ensure an equal opportunity.  

Section 508 requires that any electronic and information technology used, maintained, developed, or procured by the Federal government allow persons with disabilities, comparable access to information and technology.  This applies to persons with disabilities who use assistive technology to read and navigate electronic materials.  If an electronic publication cannot be made compliant, then OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs must provide a reasonable alternative to the document.

Responsibilities under Section 504 and Section 508 can overlap.  Agencies must comply with both provisions when they distribute information. More information for OPDIVs and STAFFDIVs on Section 504 and 508 compliance.

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Section 504 Compliance:

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