Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Section 508

(508 statute html, 508 statute pdf) requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology (EIT) is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

Section 508 establishes requirements for any electronic and information technology developed, maintained, procured, or used by the Federal government. The term "electronic and information technology" has been defined by the Access Board in regulations published December 21, 2000.


New to Site

Section 508 Accessibility Assessment Products & Services (Word 55KB)


Laws & Regulations

Section 508 Final Rule (http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/standards.htm)

Text to Speech (http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm)

Braille (http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm)

Spanish and Japanese versions (http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm)

Section 508 Final Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule (http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?
FuseAction=Content&ID=13

Summary of Electronic & Information Technology Accessibility Standards Final Rule (http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/summary.htm)


USDA Resources

USDA Section 508 Reference Manual (Word 839K)

Final Departmental Guidance
This Regulation is to provide guidance to USDA agencies and staff offices regarding the implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794d, as amended.

USDA AGAR Advisory No. 49 Regarding Electronic and Information Technology Procurements; Regarding Additional Resources for Implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; AND Instructions Specifically Addressing Purchase Card Users (http://www.usda.gov/procurement/policy/advisories.html)


Training & Events

508 Training Available from GSA
The “508 Universe” serves as a central hub for GSA's Section 508 training and information resources. Within the portal you can access topic specific courses that address Section 508 implementation as well as explore Web links and a glossary of 508-related terms. The website is located at www.Section508.gov. Click on the “508 Training” tab in the webpage banner.
If this is your first time visiting the training area, you will need to register using the clickable link on the training webpage.
Section 508 Universe Course Topics:

  • Designing Accessible Websites
  • Accessible Conferences
  • Buying Accessible E&IT (Requiring Officials and Contracting Officers)
  • Accessible Video and Multimedia
  • Building and Buying Accessible Software
  • Buying Accessible Computers
  • Opening Closed Products
  • Micro-purchases and Section 508
  • IRS Course on Software Development

Related Links

Market Research Guidelines: http://www.section508.gov/
index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=136

Processing Complaints Under Section 508

President Bush's Outline on Disability Issues Entitled the New Freedom Initiative (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/
freedominitiative/freedominitiative.html
)

Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative; the Section 508 Web page (http://www.section508.gov)

The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities including, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. (http://www.access-board.gov/)

Current USDA Efforts on Technology Accessibility located in the TARGET Center
(http://www.usda.gov/oo/programs.htm)


USDA Section 508 Coordination Team

USDA's Section 508 Coordination Team assists USDA agencies and advises the OCIO in determining the proper course of action where an agency proposal falls outside of the bounds of Section 508.

The goal of the Team is to advise the OCIO and to ensure systematic accountability for the accomplishment of Section 508 requirements in the Department. The work of the Team will be supportive of the Secretary’s goal to make USDA a model employer.

USDA Section 508 Coordination Team Members