Will Section 508 Be Taken More Seriously?
Just recently, the National Federation of the Blind filed the third Section 508 related complaint in a row. Will this change how seriously Section 508 compliance will be taken?
It is rather frequent that a government agency or a contractor states Section 508 compliance because this is the law. But these statements do not always correct. There is a large number of federal sites and applications which do not meet the mandated Section 508 requirements.
The National Federation of the Blind recently filed complaints against the Department of Education, Social Security Administration, and the Small Business Administration. The first two are known to have one of the most well-known and effective Section 508 programs. It was rather unexpected that in case of a Section 508 complaint, these agencies will come to the spotlight.
While NFB filed a Section 508 complaint, they are primarily monitoring accessibility for visually impaired people. NFB is committed to continue monitoring federal sites, and filing more complaints as necessary if they find issues which interfere with accessibility for people with visual impairment.
NFB being such a powerful organization with thousands of members, it does not seem to be impossible that they will track down many other issues which exist and have not been reported. It appears that agencies and contractors won't be able to get away with anything in the future. And I'm not saying that it is deliberate. But NFB is definitely establishing a precedence that inappropriate accessibility testing will not be able to suffice in the future.
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