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Accessible federal information technology is the law.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which was amended by Congress in 1998, requires that electronic and information technology in the Federal sector be accessible to employees and the public to the extent it does not pose an "undue burden." The law covers all types of electronic information and applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use such technology.

The Access Board has issued Standards for Electronic and Information Technology. These standards cover various means of disseminating information (e.g., computers, software, and electronic office equipment) and provide product accessibility criteria for people with disabilities, including those with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments.