Section 508 Compliance and Assistive Technology: Providing Accessibility to ICT for Federal Employees under the Rehabilitation Act (Sections 504 and 508)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


This introductory session will address how Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act work together to provide access to information and communication technology (ICT) for federal employees with disabilities. Section 504 requires federal agencies to provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in their programs and benefit from their services through the provision of reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology. Section 508 requires federal agencies to ensure that persons with disabilities (both employees and members of the public) have comparable access to and use of ICT.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Brooke Aiken, FDIC Section 508 Program Manager , Division of Information Technology, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Alexander Koudry, Program Manager, Center for Information Technology Access (CITA); GSA

Paul Lloyd, Education Program Manager , USDA TARGET Center, Department of Agriculture

Questions for presenters:

1 Are the revised 508 Standards legally binding on all federal agencies? What about state government? Do the revised 508 Standards apply only to software/ICT developed by federal gov't, or also to all software/ICT utilized by the federal gov't? When a federal employee needs adaptive technology to be able to access/use software/ICT maintained by the agency, what is the obligation of the agency to find and implement that Adaptive technology? What if there isn't a good adaptive tech option on the market? What if the federal agency's software/ICT is incompatible with market options for adaptive technology?

Session Questions

This session is accepting questions from registered users. After you have registered to participate in this session you can submit your questions on your Account Manager page. Please note: the number of questions will be limited and submissions will be closed well before the session starts to provide time to prepare answers.