Accessible Information Technology and Telecommunications

What is the Telecommunications Act of 1996?

Section 255

The Telecommunications Act of 1996  is a “comprehensive law overhauling regulation of the telecommunications industry and recognizing the importance of access to telecommunications for people with disabilities in the Information Age.”

FCC Consumer Fact Sheet on 255 – “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rules requiring telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities, if such access is readily achievable”

What is the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?

Section 508

Section 508 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which requires that electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the Federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.

Web Accessibility – What does that mean?

“Basically, technology is accessible if it can be used as effectively by people with disabilities as by those without. This doesn’t mean that a blind user will complete a task on a web site as fast as one who can see. Listening takes longer than looking at the screen and reading. But the processes must be comparable. Read more of this article.

Section 508 Questions, Answers, and Unknowns for State and Local Entities

Side by Side Comparison of Priority 1 Web Content Accessibility specifications with Section 508 Web Accessibility standards