About the ICT Refresh

The Board is jointly updating its requirements for information and communication technology covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communication Act. The Section 508 Standards apply to electronic and information technology procured by the federal government, including computer hardware and software, websites, multimedia such as video, phone systems, and copiers.  The Section 255 Guidelines address access to telecommunications products and services, and apply to manufacturers of telecommunication equipment.  

On February 18, 2015, the Board released a proposed rule updating the 508 Standards and the 255 Guidelines which is available for public comment until May 28. The Board will hold a public hearing on the rule in Salt Lake City on April 29.  The Board previously held public hearings in San Diego on March 5 and in Washington, DC on March 11 and conducted a webinar to review the proposal on March 31.

Public Hearing on the Proposed Rule

April 29, 4:00 to 5:00      Hearing Notice
Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
250 North 1950 West #B
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

To preregister to testify at the hearing, contact Kathy Johnson at (202) 272–0041 (voice), (202) 272–0082 (TTY), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The current Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines remain in effect until this rulemaking is complete.