Web accessibility is ensuring that persons with any disability type – including motor, auditory, cognitive, seizure/neurological, and content visual impairments – are able to use web content, and ensuring that content is “perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.”
In creating an accessible experience, it’s essential to understand the needs of each disability type and build government sites accordingly. Doing so provides the opportunity for all citizens to participate in, and contribute to, the web.
To meet the mandates of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, we must endeavor to provide all U.S. citizens with timely, usable access to government information. As agencies have embraced the use of social media, more than ever, it’s important that our users have the ability to interact with government at every level.
All VA websites undergo 508 testing and assurance that the website is 508 compliant. In addition to initial testing, maintenance of websites and content (PDFs, Word documents, etc.) must be 508 compliant.
Refer to the VA Section 508 website for more information about accessibility and obtaining conformance with Section 508.