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Sections 508 and 504: Closed Captioning and Web Accessibility Requirements

This white paper will provide an in-depth analysis and overview of Sections 508 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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This white paper will provide an in-depth analysis and overview of Sections 508 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Rehabilitation Act, enacted in 1973, is a federal anti-discrimination law that implicates federal and federally funded programs in their treatment of individuals with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 originally placed the most emphasis on equal employment practices, reasonable accommodations, and federally subsidized programming for individuals with disabilities. With the advent of the Internet, an amendment (Section 508) was signed into law in 1998, expanding the Rehabilitation Act to include equal access to electronic and information technology.