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Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d) is a legal provision that makes it easier for people with disabilities to access electronic and information technologies produced, maintained, or purchased by the federal government. Electronic and information technologies include the websites, PDF documents, e-courses, videos, and other media, supplies, and equipment that NIC manages. All products managed by the National Institute of Corrections must conform to this law.

NIC strives to meet the requirements of Section 508 through its adherence to government standards for best practices in accessibility. In adherence to the White House Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, NIC has also implemented measures meeting the plan’s mandate to “(1) increase transparency, (2) strengthen accountability, and (3) improve collaboration regarding accessible electronic and information technology.”

Contractors and awardees working with or on behalf of NIC must also comply with Section 508 and its related rules in the deliverables they supply. NIC’s Government Product Accessibility Template outlines in checklist form both the federal government’s general requirements for meeting Section 508 and requirements specific to NIC.

More information about Section 508 can be found at www.section508.gov. Questions or comments about specific NIC electronic and information technologies should be directed to NIC's Section 508 Coordinator.

Last Updated: February 22, 2013