ADS Chapter 551

Speeches Shim

Section 508 and Accessibility

Functional Series 500 – Management Services

New Edition Date: 12/23/2019
Responsible Office: M/CIO/IA
File Name: 551_122319


This ADS chapter establishes USAID Section 508 policy and assigns administrative responsibilities to the Bureau for Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer (M/CIO) and other departments to ensure that USAID’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is accessible by the Agency’s workforce and members of the public with disabilities.  The ADS chapter implements Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220, and applies to ICT products and services developed, procured, maintained, or used by USAID.  The chapter also applies to all USAID electronic content including, but not limited to electronic files, videos, online training materials, external and internal Agency funded websites, electronic systems, Agency Notices, blogs, and social media.