What is 508 compliance?

Accessibility for all

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.

Types of Content Covered Under 508

All your online content and communications have to be fully accessible to everyone. That includes (though not limited to) the following:

  • Electronic documents like emails and attachments
  • Software and hardware
  • Applications developed for CMS
  • Websites developed for CMS purposes
  • Online forms
  • Videos
  • Learning applications

Becoming Compliant

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:

  • Give people multiple ways to access and navigate content – audio as well as visual
  • Make content easy to read – larger fonts, contrasting colors
  • Ensure web pages appear and operate in easy-to-predict ways
  • Maximize compatibility with assistive technologies

How We Achieve Accessible Compliance in Multiple Languages

We give you a one-stop-shop for all your accessibility needs, delivering an accurate, comprehensive and cost-effective package to enable compliance across all content types and languages.

Our 5 steps to guarantee compliance:

  • TAGGING STRUCTURE – consistency in tagging structure for tables and list elements
  • LOGICAL READING ORDER – keeping the logical reading order in a document consistent with tagging hierarchy for assistive technology to read out
  • ORDER PANEL VERIFICATION – making sure all the content in your PDFs are either tagged or artifact
  • QUALITY CHECKS – both electronic and manual, each undertaken by a separate team of experts
  • CONTENT INTEGRITY – integrated electronic workflow (including active URLs, links and TOCs)

 Types of 504 and 508 Compliance Documents We Deliver

Accessibility is not limited to electronic files. Under section 504, we also handle all hard copy content.

  • Transcribe into two grades: Grade 1 to meet British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA) and Grade 2 to meet Braille and Unified English Braille (UEB) standards
  • Final deliverable: embossed Braille copies.
  • Increased font size text that is both easily readable and aesthetically pleasing
  • Files submitted electronically in Word or Text format are the most cost-efficient to transcribe
  • Text-to-speech (TTS) or Live Reader
  • Final deliverable can be audio CD, MP3, or on a flash drive
  • Any target language
  • Final deliverable is accessible PDF
  • Cost and turnarounds depend on preferred standard and format
  • Content is properly organized and tagged to provide full accessibility screen reading software
  • Solutions for remediation of documents to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and 508 compliance standards


Our accessibility and language expertise will help you deliver more value to your global consumers.