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Section 508 Compliance

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to add Section 508, requiring Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. The law (29 U.S.C 794 (d)) applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information comparable to the access available to others.

Electronic content that is not public facing must conform to the accessibility requirements when such content constitutes official business and is communicated by an agency including educational or training materials. More information can be found in the E205.3 Agency Official Communication/E205.4 Accessibility Standard (WCAG 2.0) at https://www.section508.gov/ict-accessibility/#e205_3__e205_4__e205_4_1.

Major federal agencies including the Navy have faced litigation, as well as numerous states and over 100 educational institutions, due to inaccessibility to digital course materials, to include eLearning, failure to provide accurate and comprehensive captioning for online courses and web-based training.

In August 2021, the U.S. Access Board released a baseline for testing web content. The Testing Baseline for Web Accessibility sets minimum testing criteria and evaluation guidance to determine if web content meets the 508 Standards.

Accessibility is fundamental to every stage of our development process. We ensure that our products provide the same experience to all users, without compromising on presentation quality or user engagement.

We ensure all training courses are compliant with current regulations and policies. As a part of Sunset Design's proprietary technology, all training and transcript content is fully integrated with assistive software for visually impaired users, including JAWS from Freedom Scientific. All navigation and interactive elements can be controlled using keyboard input without requiring the use of a mouse. Complete descriptions of all on-screen content are provided in real time and all training features and functionality are accessible through keyboard shortcuts. All graphic content is designed to meet or exceed minimum color contrast ratio requirements. Full instructions for taking the training with assistive software are provided with every course.

Our dedicated testing staff reviews the entire training to ensure all Section 508 compliance is met. Graphical information is conveyed accurately for individuals with color vision impairment and color blindness. Closed captioning and the included transcript are a word-for-word representation of the training. Training courses are tested start-to-finish with screen reader software before release, verifying that all on-screen content is accurately described and that all navigation and interaction is accessible without assistance and meet or exceed the US Access Board standards for Section 508 compliance.

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