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Re: Questions about 508 and other regulations


From: Ryan E. Benson
Date: Nov 28, 2013 7:06AM

Hi Greg,

It all depends on how in-depth you want to go on this. A 5 page paper could
probably be written if you really wanted to. Disclaimer, I work for a
federal agency, so these views are my own, and not the government’s.

In regards to Section 508, each 508 coordinator has the right of developing
interpretations of the law for their own agency. I just took a look at
WebAIM’s Checklist (http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist) and glad to
see it now covers 1194.21, before it didn’t. For example, if the contract
says build YouTube for us, some agencies may say 1194.21, .22, .24, .31,
and .41 apply; others may say .22; some may say “do Section 508” (I have
literally seen a real contract like this). So you may want to write
something about if you are willing to go out and follow what the agency
says or not, and how that may affect you, their company/product and/or the
agency the contract is for.

Section 508 is only for the federal government. Section 504 is for state
and local governments. While there are a few differences, one of the bigger
ones is Section 508 sets specific Standards, whereas 504 doesn’t. This
allows states to pick their own way of doing things, some adopt 508’s
Standards, others adopt WCAG 2.0, a few did a hybrid, and I believe one did
their own thing. So mentioning that probably would be good. Then you have
Section 505 which is the enforcement procedures.

Section 505 (a)(1) provides that the procedures and rights in Section 717
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 shall be available with respect to any
complaint under Section 501. Section 505 (a)(2) provides that the remedies,
rights and procedures in title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 shall be
available to any person alleging a violation of Section 504. Section 508 is
also enforced through the procedures established in Section 505 (a)(2).

Once you get out of the Rehab Act (504, 505, and 508), you have the
Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Twenty-First Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act. If you want cover international
laws, you have the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
(AODA), BS 8878, amongst others.

Ryan E. Benson

On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM, Greg Wocher < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I am currently enrolled in a principles of ecommerce class at school.
> Our course project is to create a business proposal for an EBusiness.
> The business I am proposing is one that does web accessibility testing.
> I have most of my proposal done except for one section. I have to
> create a section dealing with legal issues. I want to put in here
> concerns about 508 compliance and any other relevant regulations. Does
> anyone have any tips on other regulations asides from 508 compliance I
> should use?
> Thank you,
> Greg Wocher
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> > > >