Section 508 - Accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that mandates all electronic and information technology (EIT) developed, procured, maintained, and used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. Technology is "accessible" if, regardless of the medium of the technology, individuals with disabilities to have ready access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data by individuals without disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue burden on the agency.

While Section 508 applies principally to the federal government's development, procurement, maintenance, and use of EIT, in order for HUD to use or rely on EIT developed by third parties, HUD requires its contractors and grantees to comply with Section 508 requirements through procurement and grant requirements. However, most contractors and grantees are nonetheless covered by laws which require accessibility of EIT, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state laws.

When an agency's EIT is accessible, not only is it accessible to federal employees and contractors, but also to constituents and members of the public with disabilities who are looking for information or services from the agency.

To promote accessibility of its EIT, and the EIT of its contractors and grantees, HUD has issued a Departmental policy on compliance with Section 508, which is available at HUD Policy on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Accessible Technology.

Additional information regarding HUD's Assistive Technology Program is available at
https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/cio/ASSISTIVETECH

More information on Section 508 can also be found at:
(1) The U.S. Access Board's Section 508 webpage at: https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-section-508-standards
(2) The General Services Administration's Section 508 webpage at: https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/office-of-the-chief-information-officer/office-of-enterprise-solutions/gsa-section-508-and-accessibility
(3) The General Services Administration's Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program: https://section508.gov
(4) The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0: https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact HUD at: Section508@hud.gov.