Does Section 508 apply to a state or local government?

Section 508 addresses the obligations of Federal agencies. However, many state or local governments have adopted some or all of the §508 standards or other standards such as those published by the World Wide Web Consortium® . To determine whether your specific state or local governmental agency must comply with §508 or other accessibility standards, we suggest that individuals check their websites to see if there is a policy statement regarding accessibility, or ask your organization's attorney.

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.