September 14, 2016

collection of IT devices (laptop with section 508 and 255 on screen, tablet, cell phones, disk)The Access Board approved updated requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) and new standards for medical diagnostic equipment at its meeting on September 14. The Board will proceed to submit both final rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance.

The ICT rule updates standards issued under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act that 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. Is also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications products and services required to be accessible under Section 255 of the Communications Act.

exam tableThe other rule establishes new accessibility standards, the first of their kind, for medical diagnostic equipment, including examination tables and chairs, weight scales, radiological equipment, and mammography equipment. These standards, which are authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, provide technical requirements to ensure that people with disabilities can independently access and use such equipment. Further information on this rulemaking is available on the Board’s website.

Each of the rules will be published on the Board’s website and in the Federal Register once cleared by OMB. To receive updates on the progress of these rules, subscribe to Board news.