The Justice Department announced the release of its report “Section 508 Report to the President and Congress: Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology.” The report, authorized under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), provides findings based on a survey of federal agencies on the accessibility of their electronic and information technology and the procedures used to implement the requirements of Section 508.
Section 508 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities, unless certain exceptions apply. Sections 508 accessibility guidelines was the precursor to the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility (IITAA) guidelines. UIC is required by law to provide accessibility under the IITAA accessibility guidelines. Many Federal accessibility guidelines and actions end up being accepted outside of the Federal government. This 508 report was published to establish a baseline of compliance to the Section 508 guidelines.