508 Compliance


508 Compliance

Every U.S. School Division must be compliant

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1988, requires that when public
organizations develop, procure, maintain or use electronic and information technology that individuals
with disabilities have access to and use of the information and data that is comparable to individuals
without disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue burden to the particular agency. Section
508
Standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) provide guidance and technical
specifications and serve as the primary guidelines for web accessibility. Although as a non-Federal
agency the School Division is not required to strictly comply with the requirements of either Section 508
or WCAG 2.0, the requirements of both serve as resources in considering how the School Division can
satisfy its obligation to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided an equal opportunity to
participate.

Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education Enforcement

OCR enforces Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973(Section 504) and its implementing regulation
at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities
that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department. OCR also enforces Title II of the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990(Title II) and its implementing regulation at 28 C.F.R. Part 35,
which prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities by public entities, including
public education systems and institutions, regardless of whether they receive Federal financial
assistance from the Department . Because the Division receives Federal financial assistance from the
Department and is a public entity, OCR has jurisdiction over it pursuant to Section 504 and Title II.

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