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Some FAQs are reprinted from the United States Access Board.

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What is Section 508?
Section 508 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires that electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. On August 7, 1998, the president of the United States signed into law the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which includes the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. Section 508 was originally added to the Rehabilitation Act in 1986; the 1998 amendments significantly expand and strengthen the technology access requirements in Section 508. For more information, visit
When did it come into effect?
Section 508 came into effect on June 25, 2001.
To whom does Section 508 apply?

Section 508 applies to federal departments and agencies. It does not regulate the private sector and does not apply to recipients of federal funds.

Section 508 applies to contracts awarded on or after the effective date, June 25, 2001. For indefinite contracts, it is applicable to delivery orders or task orders issued on or after the effective date.

What does Section 508 require of federal agencies and departments?

Section 508 requires that when federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, they must procure technology that is accessible to people with disabilities, unless it would pose an undue burden on the federal agency to do so.

What does "electronic and information technology" refer to?

For the purpose of Section 508, electronic and information technology refers to

  • Software applications and operating systems
  • Web-based intranet and Internet information and applications
  • Telecommunications products
  • Video and multimedia products
  • Self-contained, closed products (e.g., kiosks)
  • Desktop and portable computers
What parts of Section 508 are pertinent to Esri products?
Esri sells software applications and Web-based information and applications to the federal government. The applicable Section 508 technical standards can be found in the VPAT for each Esri product.
Why aren't older versions of Esri software listed in the software compliance section?
Section 508 applies to contracts awarded on or after June 25, 2001. The software compliance section only lists the current versions of our products that would be delivered on or after that date.