March 4, 2017

Industry News Winter 2017

In this new section of our newsletter we will focus on important industry trends, and how they might affect you. In this issue we are touching on the recently announced Section 508 Refresh, an update to the existing Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act that defines how digital content must be made accessible. It’s … Continue reading “Industry News Winter 2017”

In this new section of our newsletter we will focus on important industry trends, and how they might affect you. In this issue we are touching on the recently announced Section 508 Refresh, an update to the existing Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act that defines how digital content must be made accessible. It’s vitally important that any organization that will be affected by this regulation learn more about it.

Section 508 Refresh

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act was amended back in 1998 to eliminate barriers in information technology, mandating that federal agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. Of course a lot has changed since 1998! An update to the guidelines has been expected for some time, and was formally released on January 9, 2017.

This refresh expands the definition of documents to digital content, mandating that documents delivered electronically as well as websites, must be accessible. Anyone doing business with the US Federal Government, a government agency, or an organization regulated by a government entity must be in compliance with the revised Section 508 guidelines, or risk potentially large fines.
The rule itself goes in affect in 60 days from January 9th, 2017, and organizations then have one year to implement these changes.

We have analyzed this new regulation in blog posts, and will be discussing this important requirement in more detail at our February 23rd webinar.