skip navigation

logo and collage of commerce-related images - link to Office of Civil Rights home



In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. Section 794d), agencies must give employees with disabilities and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

skip disclaimer

Disclaimer: The OCR Web site contains information originating from other organizations, both public and private. The Web site also contains hyperlinks to documents and resources from such public and private organizations. While every attempt is made to ensure that all information is accurately referenced on our site, we do not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness or quality of the content of these outside sources. The inclusion of hyperlinks does not indicate endorsement of any particular products, companies, information providers or the content of the referenced sites.

Skip Links

OCR Home| DOC Home | Contact OCR | Resources | Publications | Privacy Policy | Disclaimers

US Department of Commerce, Office of Civil Rights, 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 6012, Washington, D.C. 20230

We welcome your feedback on this site. Please e-mail comments and suggestions to

Help us make our site accessible. Please send us your feedback on accessibility.

Page last updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2006