United States Access Board Moving Forward with 508 Standards Refresh

The United States Access Board has published “Proposed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines” that would refresh the Section 508 web accessibility guidelines to the more up to date Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. WCAG 2.0 has been widely accepted as the consensus standard. It would also make WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria applicable not only to content on the “World Wide Web” (hereafter, Web), but also to non-Web electronic documents and software (e.g., word processing documents, portable document format files, and project management software). The new proposed standards and guideline are in a comment period until May 28, 2015. The soonest the new guidelines would be come the new 508 legal standard would be by January 2016. The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) guidelines are based on the Section 508 guidelines and most likely the IITAA would change to make the new 508 standard, its own standard. The University of Illinois at Chicago is legally required to meet the IITAA standards.
Proposed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines page is a great place to find out about the new proposed standards and guidelines. It is also a place to submit comments.