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NPR 2800.2A
Effective Date: August 05, 2020
Expiration Date: August 05, 2025
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Subject: Information and Communication Technology Accessibility

Responsible Office: Office of the Chief Information Officer

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Chapter 1. Overview of Section 508 Accessible ICT

1.1 Background

In 1986, Congress added Section 508 to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 thereby establishing guidance for ICT accessibility. In 1998, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 was signed into law, which included the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. These amendments expanded information technology (IT) accessibility requirements and called on Federal agencies to implement the guidance.

1.2 Scope

1.2.1 The scope of this document includes both procurement of goods and services, as well as any ICT development by NASA or its contractors for the use by NASA employees, employees of other Federal agencies, and the public. This includes Government-developed/provided software (e.g., E-Government products, in-house development), Web-based content/applications, and other ICT that, even if not procured, are obtained from sources other than NASA and its contractors (e.g., if a university develops in conjunction with NASA, but at no cost to NASA, a Web-based survey requesting information from NASA civil servants, the survey will comply with the requirements of this document). Additional information regarding Section 508 as it pertains to NASA can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/accessibility/section-508-home.

1.2.2 NASA will identify the needs of users with disabilities when it procures, develops, maintains, or uses ICT. This will include a determination of how users with disabilities will perform the functions supported by the ICT and how the ICT will be developed, installed, configured, and maintained to support users with disabilities.

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