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 public hearings on the rule in San Diego on March 5 and in Washington, DC on March 11.  It will also conduct a public webinar to review the proposal on March 31.

Public Hearings on the Proposed Rule

  March 5, 9:30 to 11:30
  Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel,
  Mission Beach A & B
  One Market Place
  San Diego, CA
  (no call-in or CART option)


March 11, 9:30 to 11:30
Access Board Conference Center
1331 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC
Call-in option:
Dial: (888) 396-7314
       International: (773) 756-0935
Passcode: 7315172
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART): [Link to be posted.]

To preregister to testify at either of the hearings, 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.