Revised Section 508 Standards Now in Effect
January 25, 2018 | Written by: Michael Gower and Mary Jo Mueller
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In the United States, the Revised Section 508 Standards went into effect on January 18, 2018, a year after the U.S. Access Board published the final rule of the updated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines.
The Revised 508 Standards, and the accompanying updates to Section 255 of the Communications Act, have transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility standards used for procurement and services of the US federal government.
The changes cover ICT developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government, including computer hardware and software, websites, multimedia such as video, phone systems, and copiers. U.S. federal agencies are required to comply with the Revised 508 Standards (as of January 18, the anniversary of the publication in the U.S. Federal Register).
In regard to procurement, the Federal Acquisitions Regulatory (FAR) Council is undergoing a rulemaking process to update the federal procurement language to require the [...]