What EVERY web designer should have on his desk
If you work for a state or federal office, or your company has contracts with the state or federal government, or your company receives money from a state or federal government, your web site MUST comply with the American's With Disabilities Act [ADA] and Section 508. Both these links have very long documents that are written to be legal (hence unreadable) by the average person.
And even if you don't have anything to do with any state or federal government, or public education, or receive any money from any government office, if your site is not compliant with the ADA or Section 508one day you will get sued.
Basically, what Section 508 breaks down to is this:
Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily.
Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.
The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology.
Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
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