Industry wants flexible Section 508 rules

Industry wants flexible Section 508 rules

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

MAY 31—Section 508 rules, which require agencies to buy information technology that is accessible to the disabled, should focus on functionality rather than on exact technical standards, an industry group said.

The IT Association of America of Arlington, Va., on Tuesday filed its comment on the Access Board's draft rules on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. ITAA officials urged the Access Board to focus on the end result rather than making specific technical requirements that could become out of date as technology changes.

'Congress intended that the standards emphasize functional performance criteria as opposed to technical design requirements for IT,' said ITAA President Harris Miller. 'Performance criteria will give the IT industry discretion in achieving the mutually desirable end result of accessibility for all users while providing enough flexibility within the standards to encourage future innovation.'

ITAA will post its comments on its Web site, at

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