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Federal Laws and Regulations

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (with guidelines for accessible electronic and information technology defined in Section 508) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protect individuals from discrimination based on a disability under any educational program or activity that receives funding or in any state government activity. 

These laws apply to The Texas A&M University System because our programs and activities receive federal funding.

Section 508 and Refresh

The original Section 508 rule referenced WCAG 1.0, recommended back in 1999. A lot has changed, including how we view the internet, email and more from phones and wearable devices. This meant we had to rethink our programming and designing solutions to meet the needs of all users, no matter the ability, with regard to all technology, current and future. WCAG 2.0 attempted to bridge that gap in 2008 and was adopted by several countries around the world. After a long rules process, the Section 508 now references WCAG 2.0, bringing a standard of conformity across the globe.

References

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Technical Guidance for Web-based Technologies

Guidance for Social Media

Resolution Agreements & Lawsuits