Section 508 ICT NPRM - an Overview

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Access Board's ICT Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was released for public comment on February 18, 2015. The public comment period on the ICT NPRM will be open for 90 days. Staff from the U.S. Access Board will review the proposed text of the rule which jointly updates the Section 508 Standards and the Section 255 Guidelines. They will give an overview of the proposed changes and will cover the process for commenting on the proposed rule. Major proposed changes that will be covered include:

  • The incorporation of the WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria, and applying those associated success criteria to websites as well as to offline electronic documents and software;
  • Requiring real-time text functionality (text that is transmitted character by character as it is being typed) for products providing real-time, two-way voice communication;
  • Specifying the types of non-public facing electronic content covered; and
  • Describing the required compatibility of covered technologies, including operating systems, software development toolkits, and software applications with assistive technology.

The NPRM is available on the Access Board's website at and at!docketDetail;D=ATBCB-2015-0002

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Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist, U.S. Access Board

David Baquis, Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board

Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board