508 Compliance - Updated April 1, 2011 By: Scott Reilly
USA Mobility Statement Regarding Section 508 Compliance
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. It is recommended that you review the laws and regulations to further your understanding about Section 508 and how you can support implementation.
This summary is found on: http://www.section508.gov
USA Mobility Statement
USA Mobility is not the manufacturer of the hardware devices used in conjunction with our wireless data and paging networks. USA Mobility is a wireless network service provider.Section 508’s accessibility rules apply only to covered Electronics and Information Technology (EIT) products. Wireless Data and Pagers are not listed in researching the following Web sites, including the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template found on the below listed Web sites:
USA Mobility believes that the hardware used for access to our network provide accessibility options to various users by way of these standard features:
- Vibration and audible alert, with volume settings
- Adjustable font sizes
- Operator dispatch
- Voice mail
Additionally, USA Mobility believes that it is unlikely that any product or service can fully provide for all disabilities, and that our offering, in conjunction with other wireless industry options, such as voice telecommunications, rounds out accessibility options for the disabled community.
Research also produced the following: The Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) commented that the Board should expand the concept of fundamental alteration by stating that an agency should not be required to fundamentally alter the nature of a program or service that the agency offers.
Fundamental alteration is an appropriate exception for inclusion in the standards. It means a change in the fundamental characteristic or purpose of the product or service, not merely a cosmetic or aesthetic change. For example, an agency intends to procure pocket-sized pagers for field agents for a law enforcement agency.
Adding a large display to a small pager may fundamentally alter the device by significantly changing its size to such an extent that it no longer meets the purpose for which it was intended, that is to provide a communication device which fits in a shirt or jacket pocket. For some of these agents, portability of electronic equipment is a paramount concern. Generally, adding access should not change the basic purpose or characteristics of a product in a fundamental way.