Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

This page provides the pre-award EIT Procurement Checklist, technical standards used for product compliance testing, and relevant documents to be used by the USPTO and contractors in evaluating the accessibility of information technology products.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that Federal departments and agencies make reasonable efforts to provide information via systems that are equally accessible to the disabled and, if they cannot do so, it requires that they provide individuals with disabilities with an alternative means for equivalent access to the information and data that those information systems provide.

EIT Procurement Checklist for Section 508 Compliance

AIS Checklist for development of proprietary software systems

Web Content Checklist for development of web pages

Purchase Card Pre-Purchase Worksheet for procurement of EIT by credit card

Technical Standards and Evaluation Checklists for Section 508 compliance

Section 508 Reference Guide Version 3.30 in HTML

  • Detailed explanations of the Technical Standards in Subpart B
  • Guidelines for Determining Compliance with the standards
  • USPTO Section 508 Instructions, Forms and Processes
  • Updated Reference links
  • Embedded Glossary links
  • Expanded Web examples
  • Questions to Improve Understanding

Section 508 Brief - processes, lessons learned, and what to expect [.ppt - 122Kb]

Section 508 Cookbook and Presentation - recipes for baking a Section 508 program

Evaluation of EAST, a USPTO network-based proprietary application [.ppt - 892Kb]

Understanding software accessibility [.ppt - 218Kb]


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