Per section508.gov, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in 1998 to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, open new opportunities for people with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. For more details on the act and its requirements, please visit http://www.section508.gov/
At Data-Planet we are committed to meeting the goals outlined in Section 508 and continue to implement enhancements to achieve this aim. The documentation presented here describes compliance as of 8/15/2014. We follow the guidelines provided by the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template™ officially hosted by the Information Technology Industry Council at http://www.itic.org/public-policy/accessibility, as well as the guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium Recommendation Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, available at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/.
The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template™ (VPAT) document outlines details of Data-Planet's compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act amendments.
There are many types and vendors of assistive technologies designed to assist users with varied disabilities to effectively and efficiently use electronic and information technologies. These range from alternative input devices and Braille embossers to screen readers and speech synthesizers. Individual preferences for specific tools will range widely by type and degree of impairment, and by operating system and browser.
Microsoft provides an overview of types of assistive technologies and products for Windows here: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/at/default.aspx
For Apple products, see https://www.apple.com/accessibility/.
Data-Planet and the Visually Impaired
We are very interested in learning more about tools that work best for our visually impaired users and will appreciate any comments on aids that work well – or poorly - with Data-Planet. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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