Making information accessible is not just the right thing to do, it’s the law.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (www.section508.gov) ensures the accessibility of electronic and information technology. California Government Code Section 11135 requires state compliance with this law.
Generally speaking, a document is considered accessible if its contents can be accessed with equal ease by anyone. The following are common needs for accessible information based on different disabilities:
- Sight – Need for screen readers to render the document text to speech, thus requires the use of descriptive text (alt-text) for images, charts, and graphs, and consideration of colors for color-blind users.
- Hearing – Need for transcripts of audio presentations and synchronized closed or open captioning for video.
- Cognitive – Need for clear and concise content, clean layout of documents, and the use of descriptive text (alt-text) for images, graphs, and charts.
Here are some resources to learn more about Section 508 and making information accessible.
- U.S. Health and Human Services Section 508 Overview
- U.S. Health and Human Services Section 508 Standards Summary
- Accessible Digital Office Document (ADOD) Project
- Adobe Accessibility
CalDuals.org Accessibility Policy: 508(C) Compliance Statement
Harbage Consulting recognizes its responsibility to develop electronic and information technology (EIT) products and services that are accessible and usable by all people, including those with disabilities and special needs.
Harbage Consulting is committed to making its products and services compliant with the accessibility standards of Section 508 (Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards, 36 C.F.R. § 1194). These regulations implement Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.A. § 794d) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
In accordance with Section 508(c), Harbage Consulting’s online content and services are designed to comply with the applicable accessibility standards to the maximum extent practicable. We support the efforts of the federal government and legislature to make electronic information products and web based products accessible to the public.
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