Section 508, or in its full name, Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is an amedment to the act concerning Federal agencies having to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.
In 1998 the US Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information 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.
In order to adhere to the new amendment, the federal agencies created a framework that will allow them to rapidly develop accessible websites. This framework, Assets Framework, is based on Bootstrap 3.3 and jQuery-ui and was released as 'public domain'.
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