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About Section 508

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In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ' 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
(source: Section508.gov)

Why HP?

HP supports Section 508 and the efforts of the federal government in making mainstream technology accessible to people with disabilities. HP is committed to assisting its government customers in complying with Section 508.

In 2001, HP and other IT companies partnered with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to create a simple, Internet-based tool to assist Federal contracting and procurement officials in fulfilling the new market research requirements contained in the Section 508 implementing regulations. The result: the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT.

HP produces VPATs and makes them available on our website (http://v4nzpro.houston.hp.com/508Accessibility/) as well as on the GSA's "Buy Accessible" web site (www.section508.gov).

More information on Section 508 and VPATs can be found at: