Accessibility & Section 508
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Accessibility & Section 508

The Saint Paul College commitment to accessible products and solutions allows us to support government in making accessible technology choices.

Section 508 reinforces the best practices that our organization already performs. We proactively educate our product teams about accessible design and the Section 508 Access Board standards.

Accessibility & Validity

The Saint Paul College Web System meets the Section 508 Accessibility Guidelines and is valid XHTML 1.1.

What is Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act?

On August 7, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, which covers access to federally funded programs and services.

The law strengthens section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires access to electronic and information technology provided by the Federal government. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain or use electronic and information technology. Federal agencies must ensure that this technology is accessible to employees and members of the public with disabilities to the extent it does not pose an “undue burden.”

United States Access Board

Section 508 addresses various means for disseminating information, including computers, software and electronic office equipment.

The Access Board is responsible for developing accessibility standards for such technology for incorporation into regulations that govern Federal procurement practices. The Access Board issued their Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act in the Federal Register on December 21, 2000. The final standards help Federal agencies determine whether or not a technology product or system is accessible.

Saint Paul College is committed to providing equal access to information technology in accordance with Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Our Commitment to Accessibility

At Saint Paul College, our dedication to accessibility continues today with unique accessibility features on our College Web System. Since our initial involvement with accessibility issues, we have continued our dedication to improving the accessibility of our Web site and creating new and better technologies that everyone can use.

Our College Web System strategy is as follows:

  • Develop Web services that are accessible and usable by all people regardless of their capabilities;
  • Communicate with the disability community to help us better understand and respond to student needs; and
  • Equip and motivate the campus community to produce great accessible online courses.
Comments and concerns

If you are a person with a disability and have trouble using our Web site, please tell us about the problem. You may:

  • Send an email message to Caidin Riley, Director of Disability Services at CaidinRiley@saintpaul.edu.
  • Contact us by telephone at 651.846.1547(800.224.6029 from outside the metro area)
  • Send your comments to: Saint Paul College, ATTN: Caidin Riley, 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

Web Resources

More Information on Section 508

For further information on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, see:

Accessibility Resources
Adobe Reader and PDF Files

Certain files available for download from this Web site are in Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files require the free Adobe Reader. Adobe also provides free PDF tools for the visually impaired.