New Requirements: Section 508 Refresh
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New Requirements: Section 508 Refresh


SECTION 508, THE
AMENDMENT THAT MAKES THE INS AND OUTS OF EVERYDAY LIFE
MORE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES,
JUST GOT A REFRESH. THIS WILL IMPACT HOW
AGENCIES DESIGN THEIR WEBSITES AND HOW WE HANDLE THE
PROCUREMENT PROCESS. AT GSA, WE ARE HELPING TO ENSURE THAT WHETHER EMPLOYEES
ACQUIRE DISABILITIES, LOSE THEIR EYESIGHT WITH
AGE, EXPERIENCE HEARING LOSS OVER TIME, OR ARE BORN THAT WAY, THEY AREN’T LEFT OUT
OF THE WORKFORCE. WITH THE NEW SECTION 508 STANDARDS PASSED INTO LAW IN 2017, THERE
IS PLENTY OF WORK TO BE DONE. WE WANT TO MOVE PAST MERE
CONSENT WITH THESE LAWS AND THINK OF ACCESSIBILITY AS A
BUSINESS TOOL THAT IS IMPERATIVE TO AN AGENCY BOTTOM LINE,
ENCOURAGING INNOVATION AND INCREASING THE NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES
AT AN AGENCY. THIS APPROACH HAS PROVEN
BENEFICIAL TO EVERYONE, NOT JUST PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES. AT GSA, WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE
AGENCIES TO ADOPT NEW AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND ADDRESS HOW THEY
HANDLE OVERALL COMPLIANCE WITH 508, BECAUSE ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS 51 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE U.S. HAVE A DISABILITY
AND THEY NEED AND DESERVE ACCESS TO OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION. REMEMBER, THIS UPDATE TO THE REGULATION AFFECTS
THE PROCUREMENT OF HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, WEBSITES, MULTIMEDIA,
VIDEO, PHONE SYSTEMS, COPIERS AND APPLIES TO MANUFACTURERS
OF TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, AS WELL AS DOCUMENTS, BLOG
POSTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA SITES FOR ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES. WE WANT AGENCIES TO CONSIDER
ACCESSIBILITY FROM THE DOOR TO THE FLOOR, FROM
HIRING NEW TALENT TO PROCURING ASSISTIVE
TECHNOLOGY. VISIT SECTION508.GOV TO READ AN OVERVIEW OF THE FINAL RULE
OR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW PRIORITIZING
ACCESSIBILITY CAN SPARK INNOVATION, HELP YOU REACH A
BIGGER AUDIENCE OR CLIENT BASE, HELP YOU RETAIN STAR EMPLOYEES,
AND REDUCE LONG TERM COSTS. THE TEAM AT GSA IS HERE TO HELP
YOU UNDERSTAND THE GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS. AGAIN, VISIT SECTION508.GOV. CONTACT US TODAY.

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