Does Section 508 apply to private entities and employers?

Section 508 addresses the obligations of Federal agencies. To date, private entities and employers are not required to follow Section 508 standards.

When deciding an ADA complaint regarding information access, courts are not required to use a particular set of standards such as those set forth in §508 to decide whether an institution has met its legal obligations. On the other hand, adopting a web accessibility policy that includes, for example, implementation of §508 standards, provides a clear and measurable yardstick for evaluating electronic and information technology accessibility. Another option for organizations is to adopt guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium.