Section 508 Compliance
All electronic information must be 508 compliant.
software applications and operating systems
Subpart B-Technical Standards, §1194.21 covers Section 508 compliance for software applications and operating systems.
See Section 1194.21.
If content is produced for the Web, see Subpart B-Technical Standards, §1194.22 for Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.
See Section 1194.22.
Courseware must be compliant with both §1194.21 and §1194.22.
There are two exceptions to Section 508 compliance. Subpart A-Technical Standards §1194.3 provides information on these exceptions.
See Subpart A-Technical Standards §1194.3
1194.3 General Exceptions:
- This part does not apply to any electronic and information technology operated by agencies, the function, operation, or use of which involves intelligence activities, cryptologic activities related to national security, command and control of military forces, equipment that is an integral part of a weapon or weapons system, or systems which are critical to the direct fulfillment of military or intelligence missions. Systems which are critical to the direct fulfillment of military or intelligence missions do not include a system that is to be sued for routine administrative and business applications (including payroll, finance, logistics, and personnel management applications).
- Undue burden.
Electronic Courseware does not qualify for the first exception, and the federal government does not qualify for the second.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities against employment discrimination and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for them in the workplace. Section 508 supports the ADA. Although it is unlawful for employers to discriminate on the basis of age, religion, gender or national origin when hiring or terminating an employee, there is a major exception to this rule.
See The Americans with Disabilities Act
USC Title 29, Chapter 14 states that when any of those factors is considered a ‘bona fide occupational qualification ’ (BFOQ) an exception can be made. A BFOQ is defined as any requirement which when viewed on the surface seems biased, but actually is reasonably necessary for performance of the job. If visual acuity and physical dexterity are a BFOQ and if the job requires either or both of those standards, then the training that supports those jobs must also have the same standard.
See USC Title 29, Chapter 14
Performance Work Statement :: General Exceptions
The Performance Work Statement must contain the following statement in the target audience description for the courseware content:
“Visual acuity and physical dexterity are bona fide occupational requirements of this MOS. The contractor shall develop training to support these job qualifications.”
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