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Section 3: Section 508, ADA, and Web Sites

Section 508 and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) establish U.S. requirements for Web accessibility. The annotated resources below provide links to official documentation and articles and tutorials about how to follow these guidelines and regulations.

For W3C Web accessibility guidelines, see Section 1: W3C and Accessibility here at

For more Web accessibility tutorials, along with more resources and books on Web accessibility, see also Section 2: Accessibility Articles, Tutorials, Resources, and Books here at

Do you know of some good articles, tutorials, tips, Web sites, books, or other resources related to Web site accessibility and Section 508? Recommendations are welcome and encouraged!

Section 508 U.S. Regulations

Section 508 establishes requirements for any electronic and information technology developed, maintained, procured, or used by the U.S. Federal government. Below are annotated resources to official documentation, tutorials, and other helpful information.

Section 508 Official Regulations and Information

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Section 508 Articles and Tutorials

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Web Accessibility and Section 508

Articles and Tutorials on Web Accessibility and Section 508

While many of the above articles touch on Section 508, the articles and tutorials below are more specific to both of these issues.

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Accessibility, Section 508, and Requirements for Education Web Sites

According to The Access Board, 1  U.S. “states receiving assistance under the Assistive Technology Act State Grant program are required to comply with section 508 and the Board's standards, according to the Department of Education, which administers the Act.”

1The Access Board is an independent U.S. federal agency that develops, maintains, provides technical assistance, and enforces accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines and Information

The U.S. ADA regulations might play an important role in your Web site needs or you might wish to learn more about it. Below are some links to official sources for more information.

Official ADA Regulations and Information

Books on Web Site Accessibility
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  •  Book cover: Building Accessible Websites (With CD-ROM) by Joe Clark 
  • Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, by Andrew Kirkpatrick, et al. Friends of ED (07-2006) 
  •  Web Accessibility for People With Disabilities, by Michael G. Paciello. CMP Books 10-2000. 

Read short reviews and find more book recommendations on Web site-related topics in our Recommended Books Accessibility Books section!

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