508 Compliance

BlueWater has an extensive history of supporting Government clients obtain, maintain, and verify compliance with Section 508 Technical Standards, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since 2007, Defense Health Agency (DHA) Web Management since 2013, DHS NPPD NICCS Portal since 2015, and GSA Public Affairs since 2016.

BlueWater is committed to providing high-quality services that are both useful and accessible to all potential users, including individuals with disabilities. As such, we proudly support the goals of the U.S. government in implementing Federal regulations directed at broadening the availability of electronically delivered information.

Section 508 refers to a portion of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d) that requires Federal agencies to meet specific accessibility standards when buying, developing, maintaining, or using information technology. This law was enacted to eliminate barriers in the provision of electronic information for people with disabilities and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The accessibility standards associated with Section 508 are designed to ensure that electronically delivered information is available to as many people as possible. The practical application of this goal most frequently applies to information that is presented to the general public and to Federal employees through the Internet, typically in the form of U.S. Government Web sites.

BlueWater understands that the Section 508 Technical Standards listed below represent maximum technical standards and that 1194.31 - Functional Performance Criteria is the minimally acceptable standards to ensure Section 508 compliance with electronic and information technology (E&IT) products.

  • 1194.21 - Software Applications and Operating Systems
  • 1194.22 - Web Based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications
  • 1194.23 - Telecommunications Products
  • 1194.24 - Video and Multimedia Products
  • 1194.26 - Desktop and Portable Computers
  • 1194.41 - Information, Documentation and Support

BlueWater remains current on Section 508 changes, updates, best practices through information provided at these locations: