Section 508 of the National Rehabilitation Act is a federal law that requires companies receiving federal funds to make their digital content accessible to those with limited abilities.
Having gone into full enforcement in January 2018, section 508 mandates that all institutions supported by federal funds provide equal access for those with limited abilities to digital communication such as websites, electronic communications, registration forms, and all other e-content.
508 encompasses government agencies, managed healthcare, financial institutions, educational organizations, and relevant private sector websites.
All your online content and communications have to be fully accessible to everyone. That includes (though not limited to) the following:
To be 508 compliant, you need to make sure all your online and electronic content is easily accessible to anyone with vision or auditory impairments – in English and all other relevant languages.
For example, you will need to: