Thread Subject: NCD Recommends Application of 508 to Entities Covered by Section 503 & Section 504
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From: Deborah Buck
Date: Fri, Dec 29 2006 9:50 AM
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The National Council on Disability released a report and recommendations
today (The Need for Federal Legislation and Regulation Prohibiting
Telecommunications and Information Services Discrimination
for federal legislation to Prohibit Telecommunications Discrimination for
People with Disabilities. As part of their recommendations they recommend
the application of Section 508 to federal contractors covered under Section
503 and federally financed programs covered under Section 504 which would
include states, local governments, universities, and a multitude of programs
receiving federal grants.
NCD also recommends "changing the standard of compliance for Section 255
from readily achievable to undue burden , and apply the undue burden
standard to new mandates requiring access to IP services and equipment to
ensure higher levels of compliance efforts."
I've excerpted the recommendation regarding 508. The recommendation points
out that NCD is hopeful that some of the recommendations set forth in the
report will be addressed by the TEITAC.
E. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act - Expand requirements to federal
contractors covered under Section 503 and federally financed programs and
activities covered under Section 504.
In Design for Inclusion, the National Council on Disability provided
extensive recommendations on the ways in which implementation and
enforcement of the mandates adopted in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
can be improved.130 Some of these recommendations may come to fruition
through the Access Board's newly created Telecommunications and Electronic
and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC), a federal advisory
body charged with refreshing the Access Board's guidelines on Sections 255
and 508. In addition to the suggestions carefully laid out by NCD,
disability access to telecommunications, information services and electronic
technologies could be significantly expanded by extending Section 508's
requirements to entities that contract with the Federal Government under
Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and all programs and activities in
receipt of federal financial assistance covered by Section 504 of this Act.
Deborah V. Buck, Executive Director
Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
PO Box 32
Delmar, NY 12054
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