[Athen] Section 508 Refresh - Now In Effect?
jsuttondc at gmail.com
Tue Mar 21 10:51:38 PDT 2017
Perhaps some of you who know 508 (both new and old) better than I do can
clarify this for me. But I'm a little concerned at the mention of
"lawsuits" below, especially since there's already plenty of fear,
uncertainty, and doubt in the higher ed. space, due to lawsuits . . .
Are there really likely to be 508-related lawsuits? As I understood
things, it would take a *long* time for anything 508-related to turn
into a lawsuit. Mostly, they're complaints that people with disabilities
must file, and then, the Federal agency (or other institution, if it
falls under 508) must take action, etc. In other words, I don't think
508 functions like filing something against a company or institution
that turns into a DoJ agreement (if the organization doesn't take
satisfactory action, of course).
I hope this is clear, and that someone else can clarify further. I'm not
saying 508 isn't important; I'm just not so sure it's going to result in
a deluge of lawsuits beginning in 2018.
Does anybody have a list of the lawsuits that have happened under the
old 508? I'd be interested to see it.
On 3/21/2017 9:31 AM, Chagnon | PubCom wrote:
> Yes, Sec. 508 goes into effect today, March 21.
> It becomes enforceable on January 18, 2018.
> Translation: All ICT (information communication technology) published
> from January 18 and forward must be compliant. The lawsuits will begin
> on January 18, 2018. You have 9 months to get your act together.
> Quoted from the Federal Register:
> The effective date of the final rule published on January 18, 2017 at
> 82 FR 5790 is delayed to March 21, 2017. However, compliance with the
> section 508-based standards is not required until January 18, 2018,
> which is one year after the final rule's original publication date.
> Compliance with the section 255-based guidelines is not required until
> the guidelines are adopted by the Federal Communications Commission.
> The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the
> final rule published on January 18, 2017 at 82 FR 5790 is approved by
> the Director of the Federal Register as of March 21, 2017.”
> If you are a US-based institution, then yes, Sec. 508 is the law you
> must follow.
> However, understand the difference between laws and standards.
> This law does not define the standards for accessibility for some ICT
> but does for others:
> * For websites, digital media, and documents like Word and PDFs, the
> law “includes by reference” the international accessibility
> standards WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA-1.
> * For Sec. 255 technologies, especially telecom, cell phones,
> kiosks, and software, it defines the standards but they are
> currently delayed.
> We recommend that our clients follow WCAG 2.0 for all website information.
> Document-based ICT, including PDFs that are posted on websites, is
> more accessible if you follow PDF/UA (PDF Universal Accessibility)
> guidelines as the WCAG guidelines really don’t work for PDFs. PDF and
> HTML technologies are not the same. A recent blog explains the
> differences between these two technologies and standards:
> --Bevi Chagnon
> [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] *On Behalf Of
> *Kressin, Lori L. (llk2t)
> *Sent:* Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:52 AM
> *To:* ATHEN <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
> *Subject:* [Athen] Section 508 Refresh - Now In Effect?
> Good morning all,
> Here we are on March 21, 2017. Does that mean that the refresh of
> Section 508 is now in effect?
> I have not heard anything to contrary, but I certainly could have
> missed something.
> What is the general thought - is this the standard that you and your
> institution will now follow?
> Thanks for your input,
> *Lori Kressin*
> Coordinator of Academic Accessibility
> Office of the Executive VP and Provost • Univ. of Virginia
> 102 Cresap Rd • POB 400199 • Charlottesville, VA • 22903
>  982-5784
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