Section 508 is an amendment of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, where it requires federal agencies, to purchase electronic and information technology that is accessible to employees with disabilities, and to the extent that those agencies provide information technology to the public, it too shall be accessible by persons with disabilities.
The standards for Section 508 are that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies, are intended to ensure that information and communication technology is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
The Section 508 amendment has provided guidelines and requirements for services online, where the content can be made accessible not only to people with disabilities, but to all people, to the extent that people can now get information on their phones, laptops or with useful technological aides.
Now documents that are created can be made accessible by using the tools within Microsoft and Adobe products. By applying these tools to your content, your content can be made accessible and you can reach millions of people who use assistive technologies.
It is important for us to bring the awareness to the Section 508 amendment due to the guidelines that have been set forth from the guidance. For any general business, whether your business has menus, brochures, reports or advertisements, your customers might be someone using a technological aide and might not receive the information correctly, and would not be in compliance with this amendment and the ADA law. It is good to incorporate the guidelines to your business today, for a better tomorrow. It can not only benefit your business, but it can benefit everyone.