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Legal Framework

Establishing compliance with federal and state laws that secure equal access for people with disabilities is a systemwide responsibility. Being mindful of incorporating practices that ensure digital access should be part of regular planning. Understanding Electronic and Informational Technology (EIT) Accessibility Laws and Policies is helpful in securing compliance with the Revised Section 508 Standards of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

As technology has become deeply entwined in the way we disseminate electronic information, the Office of AccessAbility (OAS) is committed to ensuring its accessibility. Below is a breakdown of four qualities of accessible components to keep in mind as you create, select, and share digital content.

Understanding the Four Principles of Accessibility


  • Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
  • Provide alternatives for time-based media.
  • Create content to be presented in different assistive technologies that won't loose meaning.
  • Make it easier for users to see and hear content.


  • Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
  • Give users enough time to read and use content.
  • Do not design content that causes seizures.
  • Help users navigate and find content.


  • Make text readable and understandable.
  • Make content appear and operate in predictable ways.
  • Help users avoid and correct mistakes.


  • Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools

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*Adapted from: Crossland, Alise,, (2007, August) Digital Accessibility Toolkit: What Education Leaders Need to Know Digital Toolkit for 508 Compliance