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NTL Section 508/Accessibility Guide

Federal Rule

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines

FEDERAL AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (U.S. Access Board) 

83 FR 2912 Rule as published in the Federal Register/36 CFR 1194

GSA’s Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program (

All public facing PDFs must be accessible as of March 23, 2018, according to the final Federal rule (for the ICT Refresh under Section 508).

For inclusion in ROSA P: NTL Repository & Open Science Access Portal P submitters should run the Accessibility Check under Tools in Adobe and make the PDF as accessible as possible. 

How do I know if this applies to me? 

Like the original 508 Standards, the updated 508 Standards apply to a federal agency’s full range of public-facing content, including websites, documents and media, blog posts, and social media sites. 

The final rule also specifically lists the types of non-public-facing content that must comply. This includes electronic content used by a federal agency for official business to communicate: emergency notifications, initial or final decisions adjudicating administrative claims or proceedings, internal or external program or policy announcements, notices of benefits, program eligibility, employment opportunities or personnel actions, formal acknowledgements or receipts, questionnaires or surveys, templates or forms, educational or training materials, and web-based intranets.