Roles and Responsibilities

Stress 508 Compliance to Support 501/503 and 504 Obligations

Affected individuals have difficulty lodging complaints against Section 508 because the enforcement model is based on procurement remedies. The result is that most unresolved E&IT complaints devolve into Section 501/503 (anti-discrimination), or more predominantly, Section 504 (reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals) issues. The Strategic plan should emphasize the importance of Section 508 compliance in aiding Section 501/503 and Section 504, and more importantly, in minimizing the cost of meeting these other Sections of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. After all, they are all parts of the same law and federal agencies (and many organizations receiving Federal funds) are obligated to all of these Sections.

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