In 1998 Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to include enforcement language that supports the requirement for Federal agencies to make their Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT) 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. Under Section 508 (29 USC § 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
The Air Force corporate approach to Section 508 implementation follows the guidelines established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) of "centralized management with decentralized execution." This approach provides a corporate strategy that will lead the Air Force to its goal: "To provide an Air Force-wide coordinated Section 508 effort that addresses all legal requirements and provides maximum access to E&IT while maintaining full mission focus and capabilities."
The Air Force 508 Compliance official has overall responsibility for addressing the Section 508 challenge; to ensure the Air Force Section 508 project addresses E&IT accessibility issues before they adversely affect the mission and mission support functions. Conquering the Section 508 challenges will require the cooperative efforts of webmasters; IT specialists; procurement professionals; program, requirements, and item managers; and contracting officers at every Air Force level. Major commands (MAJCOM), field operating agencies (FOA), direct reporting units (DRU), and their subordinate units need to build a network of participants whose membership includes all the indicated levels of expertise. People with disabilities must be given the opportunity to maximize their contribution to the success of the Air Force mission by maximizing the accessibility features of the E&IT equipment.
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