Standards and Guidelines


When providing information to campus through electronic means, it is essential to consider how that information will be viewed by individuals with no/low vision and/or hearing impairments. Electronic content is not automatically accessible.

Compliance standards originate from Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires federal agencies to provide software and website accessibility to people with disabilities. When websites are 508 Compliant and follow WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines, they are accessible to all users and compatible with assistive technology, such as screen readers.

All federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding are required to be 508 Compliant.

This includes:

  • government agencies
  • federal-funded nonprofits
  • public higher education institutions
  • public K-12 schools


All campus constituents should become familiar with and utilize Revised Section 508 standards and website evaluation tools. If you need additional assistance, email