As you now know, Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all information technology and electronic developed, maintained, procured, or used by the federal government must be accessible to people with disabilities. Since the scope of Section 508 is limited to the federal sector, if for instance you have a moving company in Las Vegas and they were online at various sites, you do not need to worry about whether your website or the sites that offer moving reviews are section 508 compliant.
Because accessibility policies like Section 508 vary from country to country, you need to know the differences although most countries, including the European Union (EU), have adopted standards based on the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Just recently I was reviewing the hiring practices of businesses owned by a client who is well known within the property investment marketplace. Obviously Section 508 doesn’t apply to her per see since she is in Australia. But Australia has a similar law known as DDA, the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. This act passed by the Parliament of Australia in 1992 promotes the rights of people with disabilities in certain areas such as housing, education and provision of goods and services. It is similar to our own Section 508. I assured her that everything was in order at her businesses and she could rest easy. As it turns out she has even made access to her extensive gardens outside of Sydney were handicap accessible.
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