Sections 508 and 504: Closed Captioning & Web Accessibility Requirements

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White Paper: Sections 508 and 504: Closed Captioning & Web Accessibility Requirements

Sections 508 and 504: Closed Captioning & Web Accessibility RequirementsThis white paper will provide an in-depth analysis and overview of Sections 508 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Rehabilitation Act, enacted in 1973, is a federal anti-discrimination law that implicates federal and federally funded programs in their treatment of individuals with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 originally placed the most emphasis on equal employment practices, reasonable accommodations, and federally subsidized programming for individuals with disabilities. With the advent of the Internet, an amendment (Section 508) was signed into law in 1998, expanding the Rehabilitation Act to include equal access to electronic and information technology.

The broad scope of Section 508 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 can be difficult to interpret. While immediately applicable to Federal programs, Section 504 also implicates federally funded programs. Further, there are other laws that extend Section 508's impact to non-federal programs. This white paper will help you better understand who is implicated and how you can comply.

Topics include:

  • In-depth explanation of Sections 508 and 504
  • Implications for government, education, and federally funded programs
  • How Sections 508 and 504 intersect with the ADA and WCAG 2.0
  • Closed captioning requirements according to Section 508
  • Section 508 web accessibility audit criteria
  • Web accessibility case law

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