GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

How to Answer Section 508 Facepalms: Do we have any employees with disabilities?

A while ago we wrote a post, “508 Facepalms or Opportunities?” listing some of the questions and comments you may have heard about Section 508. So how do you answer those questions? This is part of a series of blog posts to help you. If someone says: If someone says something like: "But we don’t have any disabled employees," or "There is not an accessibility issue since most employees can use it without a problem,” or “But I can see it,” they are making an assumption about the abilities of other people. A response could be: Chances are that there are people with disabilities in your agency, even if you don’t know about them. Many disabilities can be hidden. Are you really sure that no one in your agency has difficulty distinguishing between colors or has a minor hearing loss? What if one of your valuable employees had an accident tomorrow? Regardless, the law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use information and communication technology. The purpose is to be ready, so it is accessible when someone needs it.