On January 9, 2017, the Access Board released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The Board released a proposed version of the rule for public comment in February 2015 and, before that, earlier drafts of the rule. The rule is based on recommendations from an advisory panel the Board chartered, the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee which included representatives from industry, disability groups, government agencies, foreign countries, and other stakeholders.

 

Final Rule Updating the ICT Standards and Guidelines

 
Proposed and Draft Rules 

 
Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC)

 
Timeline:

  • February 3, 1998 - Board publishes original Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines
  • December 21, 2000 - Board issues original Section 508 Standards
  • July 6, 2006 - Board names Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee
  • April 3, 2008 - Advisory Committee presents final report to the Board
  • March 22, 2010 - Board releases draft ICT proposed rule to update the Section 508 standards and Telecommunications Act guidelines
  • December 8, 2011 - Revised draft proposed rule released for comment
  • February 23, 2014 - Proposed rule submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review (OMB has 90 days to complete its review) 
  • February 18, 2015 - Board releases ICT proposed rule for public comment (published in the Federal Resister May 27, 2015)
  • May 28, 2015 - Deadline for public comments on the ICT proposed rule
  • September 14, 2016 - Board approves final rule for submission to the OMB
  • January 18, 2017 - Board issues final ICT rule
  • March 2, 2017 - Board issues a notice postponing by one day the final rule's effective date