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508 Overview

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is committed to providing accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to individuals with disabilities, including members of the public, disaster survivors and federal employees, by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998.

Section 508 is a federal law that requires agencies, during the procurement, development, maintenance or use of ICT, to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to and use of ICT information and data comparable to the access and use afforded to individuals without disabilities (i.e., "ICT accessibility"), unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The law applies to software and hardware with a user interface, all public facing electronic content (web and non-web) and to non-public facing electronic content that is "agency official communication or business" along with support services and documentation.

The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found on the GSA Section 508 website.

If you have feedback or concerns related to the accessibility of any content on this website, please contact: FEMAWebTeam@fema.dhs.gov. Please indicate:

  • The nature of your accessibility problem
  • What format you prefer to receive the material in
  • The web address (URL) of the material with which you are having difficulty
  • Your contact information

If you believe the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) used by FEMA does not comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, you may:

If you have comments and/or questions related to the agency’s Section 508 Program, please contact the FEMA Section 508 Team at fema-accessibility@fema.dhs.gov.

Last updated July 2, 2021