Accessibility Statement serves all users, including those with disabilities, by providing guidance and best practices as well as specific disability support. While we make every effort to ensure that the pages we design and maintain are accessible to all, the accessibility of community contributed content is beyond our control. We encourage members to format their content contributions so that they are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities.Resources are available to make contributions accessible.

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Understanding Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998, requires that federal agencies make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Specifically, Section 508 requires that when federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, all users of the resources have comparable access to it. This may involve accommodating people with disabilities so that they can access federal information and data.

The legal requirements of Section 508 are defined by a series of laws, regulations, and standards. In addition, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) works with organizations around the world to evolve strategies, guidelines, resources, recommendations, and ultimately new, improved standards to help make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities. The resulting W3C recommendations for standards may eventually become part of a revised set of standards for Section 508 provides information on the standards, regulations and laws pertaining to Section 508. The Web Accessibility Initiative is a body of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) dedicated to discussing and setting standards for Web accessibility.

Accessibility Resources

Who is Responsible for 508 Compliance?
HHS Guidelines to Making Documents and Content Accessible
Videos and Templates to Make Content Accessible
Invisible Content for Screen Readers
Web Accessibility in Mind
A Matrix of Disabilities to be Considered when Designing for Accessibility
Final deliverables and annual 508 reports require submission of completed VPAT (Section 508 & WCAG 2.0)

MS Office

Creating Structured MS Word Documents for Improved Accessibility
Making Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
MS Office Accessibility Checkers

Adobe Acrobat

Approaches to PDF Accessibility
Adobe Acrobat Training Resources
Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker

Document Viewers

Adobe Reader

Multimedia Players

Adobe Flash Player
Apple Quicktime Player
Windows Media Player

Figshare Accessibility

Figshare is committed to providing content that is accessible to as many people as possible across all of our repositories. We are currently engaged in an extensive program of work with the primary goal of achieving 100% compliance with a number of accessibility standards including United States Section 508, WCAG 2.0 A and AA where applicable and European accessibility standard EN 301 549.