Peter Fortuna | Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Remediation

With Rotary International, Zone 25/26, District 5230, and North Fresno Rotary, I am collaborating with my colleagues to meet the requirements of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. Our mandate is to make sure that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.

Section 508

In 1998 the United States of America amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible for individuals with disabilities. Section 508 was created to empower people with disabilities through the use of technology.  Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ' 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

Revised 508 Standards

Related Laws

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 has several other sections:

  • Section 501 and 505 - Prohibits federal employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities
  • Section 503 - Prohibits employment discrimination based on disability by federal contractors or subcontractors
  • Section 504 - Prohibits federal agencies, programs, or activities from discriminating and requires reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities

Additional related laws include:

Related Policies

OMB Memos

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

State and International

  • State Policy - States' legislation requiring electronic and information technology accessibility
  • International Harmonization - Other government-supported efforts around the world working on a "standards approach" to encuring ICT accessibility.

Sample Policies and Accessibility Statements