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Web Sites - Accessibility & Assistance for Users

USER SERVICES Web Operations - Accessibility and Assistance for Users Compliance with Section 508 If the organization is a federal agency or receives federal funding, it is required to cocomply with the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. The law strengthens section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to require access to electronic and information technology provided by the Federal government. The law applies to all Federal agencies (or the recipients of federal funds) when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. The web site operators must ensure that this technology is accessible to employees and members of the public with disabilities to the extent it does not pose an "undue burden." [See the Resource Link for the Section 508 Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards.] Many web site operators who are not bound by the standard choose to comply. Practical Suggestions for Users After developing policies to cover the operation of an exchange web site, it will be helpful to develop some practical suggestions for users, both buyers and sellers. This document should be written in simple, straightforward language and should provide information about usability, security, and shipping. User helps may take the form of explanations, or they may be presented in the common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format. An example of each is attached. References W3C Accessibility Initiative, How People with Disabilities Use the Web, http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/people-use-web.php

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Title: Web Sites - Accessibility & Assistance for Users
Module: User Services
Author: Trish Redmon
Audience: Implementer
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Organization Source: Pass It on Center
Last Reviewed: 07-12-2010 9:17 AM