Why is Section 508 Compliance Important?

Compliant documents are ACCESSIBLE documents

Did you know that 285 million people in the world have some degree of visual impairment? 275 million have moderate-to-profound hearing impairment, and many more have physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. Making your documents accessible ensures all users can access the product or service, regardless of their capabilities.

Accessible Design Benefits Everyone
Most of us encounter one or more accessibility features originally created for people with disabilities on a daily basis- curb cutouts and ramps for wheelchair users, “talking books” for the blind, and closed captions on TV programs are prime examples. These applications also make things easier for people without disabilities.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or system that is commonly used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. AT relies on proper use of the delivery format.

Some AT devices are well-known:
• Eyeglasses
• Hearing aids
• Canes
• Wheelchairs

AT software includes the following:
• Text-to-speech converters
• Screen magnifiers
• On-screen keyboards
• Speech-to-text converters

Accessibility adds value to EVERY document!!!!