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Accessibility Section 508 Compliance


All Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT) systems comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (i.e., 29 U.S.C. 794d), unless exempt under FAR (Subpart 39.204, para (b)) as a military system or National Security System. Compliance with Section 508 provides access by Federal employees with disabilities and the public to information and data that able-bodied persons can access through E&IT systems. Section 508 should be considered as a design requirement, addressed at each technical review and stated in the Acquisition Strategy and Systems Engineering Plan. 

PMs should ensure Section 508 compliance, unless exempt, while Systems Engineers are responsible for implementation through use of standards and compliant tools and products. 

Additional information on accessibility is located in DoDI 5000.82, “Acquisition of Information Technology”, DoDI 5000.95, “Human Systems Integration in Defense Acquisition”, and the Systems Engineering Guidebook, Section 5.1.