Policy Matters

From the Section 508 refresh to progress around Section 501, the regulatory landscape influencing accessible information and communications technology (ICT) is ever evolving. To help employers, employees, and technology providers learn about and understand the latest federal regulatory developments, Policy Matters provides policy analysis and news regarding laws and regulations, court decisions, and government resources related to the accessibility of technology used in all aspects of employment.

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American Job Centers and Digital Access: A Guide to Accessible ICT

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

This guide helps American Job Centers ensure that their websites, online systems and courses, and applications are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, as required by the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Model Procurement Language for ICT

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 501 Section 503 Section 508 Purchasing & developing technologies

Employers and other entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title V of the Rehabilitation Act can add the following procurement language to contracts with product vendors to enhance the accessibility of purchased or licensed products.

Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology Online Dialogue

Ideas and Initiatives

This national crowdsourcing event generated numerous ideas for PEAT and DOL to consider, from educating IT procurement staff to refreshing market research to synchronizing government action around tech accessibility.

Featured Resources

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Learn about the federal laws governing accessibility, including the ADA and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Watch the Video

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You don’t have to be a legal expert, but it’s important to have a basic understanding of four federal laws that affect accessible ICT in the workplace.

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Explore detailed analysis about the implications of 167 DOJ settlement agreements addressing ICT accessibility.

Read more: How is the Department of Justice Addressing Website and ICT Accessibility?]

Here's what you need to know about the U.S. Access Board's long-awaited update to these federal regulations.

Read more: The Section 508 Refresh is Here!]