About once or twice a month I get a request from an NFP customer about 508 Compliance. What is Section 508?
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires access to electronic and information technology procured by Federal agencies. The Access Board developed accessibility standards for the various technologies covered by the law. These standards have been folded into the Federal government’s procurement regulations.
There are two primary web sites with information on section 508: www.section508.gov and www.access-board.gov. Many people find it helpful to read technical assistance guidance as well as frequently asked questions posted on these sites. These are developed and maintained, respectively, by GSA (U.S. Government Services Administration) and the U.S. Access Board, the two Federal agencies authorized by statute to provide 508 technical assistance.
A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a standardized form developed by the Information Technology Industry Council to show how a software product meets key regulations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. And this site has a link to all of the VPAT’s for Microsoft’s Products including CRM. 🙂
Thanks Derik for the link. 🙂