Section 508: What You Need to Know

  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220), August 7, 1998, or simply Section 508, is part of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires that all website content be accessible to people with disabilities. This applies to web-based applications and pages (HTML), and all attached files, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), and multimedia (video and audio). Fortunately, D2L is among the industry leaders in providing a learning environment that is accessible and meets Section 508 Standards.

    Section 508 is meant to help:

    • 6.4 million people in the United States who have a visual disability.
    • 10.5 million people in the United States population who have a hearing disability.
    • 20.9 million people in the United States population who have a ambulatory disability
    • 14.8 million people in the United States population who have a cognitive disability.

    You can learn more about Accessibility requirements through the following resources: