Compliance with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act


In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, open new opportunities for people with disabilities, and 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 (29 U.S.C. '794 d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to access available to others.

Many of our products comply with Section 508 guidelines, including:

  • Identity Manager 4–All relevant requirements supported, or supported with minor exceptions (via compatibility with operating system accessibility features and third-party screen reader utilities).
  • Sentinel Enterprise 7–Keyboard shortcuts, or "hot keys" and tabs between fields in wizards provide keyboard access to product functions. Color-coding augmented by error messages and severity codes.
  • AppManager 8–New keyboard controls for many functions and improved screen readability improve accessibility and compliance with Section 508 guidelines.

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