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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT ON SECTION 508

The Department of Justice released a report to the President and Congress on their findings from a 2010-2011 survey-based study evaluating the accessibility of federal government electronic and information technology (EIT) in accordance to Section 508. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires federal agencies to ensure their EIT is accessible to persons with disabilities, unless an exception applies. The report found that over 90 percent of agency components integrated Section 508 requirements into their attainment of EIT and 70 percent had implemented accessibility policies for websites. Recommendations made in the report included, but were not limited to: federal agencies creating and publishing Section 508 policies and funded programs, increasing Section 508 training, and thoroughly testing EIT products and web pages for accessibility.

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