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Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI)

How do I make a 508 Determination?

The following information can help you see which sections of a VPAT should always be reviewed for a complete response from a vendor.

Software Applications and Operating Systems


Operating Systems 1194.21, 1194.41 -
Application Software 1194.21, 1194.41 If product comes with a video, then 1194.24 applies.
Installation programs 1194.21, 1194.41 -
Software Tools 1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.41 The tool and more importantly the output of the tool for Section 508 compliance is evaluated. The tool must be capable or producing Section 508 compliant output.
Computer Based Training 1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.24, 1194.31, 1194.41 If the product is web based, then 1194.22 applies. If multimedia is included, then 1194.24 applies.

Web-based internet information and applications


Web Applications 1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.41 Web based applications incorporate both software and web requirements.
Web Help /
Documentation
1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.41 Documentation and Help utilities can be interactive in nature requiring software requirements.

Telecommunications Products


Telephones 1194.23, 1194.41 VoIP could entail software, 1194.21 or 1194.22
Modems 1194.21 or 1194.22, 1194.23, 1194.41 1194.21 or 1194.22 will apply if models use additional software.
Blackberry 1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.23, 1194.31, 1194.41 -
Cell Phones 1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.23, 1194.31, 1194.41 -
PDA 1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.23, 1194.31, 1194.41 -
Pager 1194.23, 1194.31 Note: Review the requirement. Fundamental alteration may apply.
Answering Service 1194.23, 1194.41 -

Video and Multimedia Products


Compact Disk 1194.24, 1194.41 Dependent upon user interface/data
DVD 1194.24, 1194.41 Dependent upon user interface/data
Video Tape 1194.24, 1194.41 Dependent upon user interface/data
Video Cards 1194.24, 1194.41 If the product comes with software, then 1194.21 applies.
TV Displays and Tuners 1194.24, 1194.41 -

Self-Contained, Closed Products


Printers 1194.25, 1194.41 Printer drivers are most always included (1194.21) and management over network software can be included which could be 1194.21 or 1194.22.
Copiers 1194.25, 1194.41 Network enabled copiers can have a user interface 1194.21 or 1194.22
Kiosks 1194.25, 1194.31, 1194.41 -
Fax Machines 1194.23, 1194.25, 1194.41 Fax machines can be network enabled or part of all-in-one machines supporting software 1194.21 or 1194.22
Digital Camera 1194.21, 1194.25, 1194.31, 1194.41 Digital cameras can be connected to computers which would entail a user interface to download and other software for editing 1194.21
Scanner 1194.25, 1194.41 If it include software and possibly drivers then add 1194.21
Overhead Projector 1194.25, 1194.41 -
Camcorder 1194.25, 1194.41 -
Any items with digital display (e.g., printer, scanner copier, FAX, etc...) 1194.21, 1194.22, 1194.31, 1194.41 Digital displays that exhibit information must have a comparable equivalent for visually disabled users.

Desktop and Portable Computers


Computer/Laptop 1194.26, 1194.41 -
Mouse 1194.21, 1194.26, 1194.41 If the product comes with software, then 1194.21 applies.
Compact Disk (CD) Player/Recorder 1194.21, 1194.25, 1194.41 If the product comes with software, then 1194.21 applies. If the product is a standalone, then 1194.25 applies.
Floppy Disk 1194.21, 1194.22 Dependent upon user interface/data
Optical Disk 1194.21, 1194.22 Dependent upon user interface/data
Digital Video Disk (DVD) Player/Recorder 1194.24, 1194.41 If the product comes with software, then 1194.21 applies. If the product is a standalone, then 1194.25.
Keyboard 1194.26, 1194.41 Software may be associated with smart cards. Biometric controls would be associated with this.
Monitor 1194.26, 1194.41 If the product supports TV, DVD or broadcast, then 1194.24 applies.
Speakers 1194.24, 1194.25 SSA requires headphone jacks in the front for accessibility
Central Processing Unit (CPU) N/A No user interface
Modems 1194.21, 1194.41 If the product supports voice i.e. telephone, then 1194.23 applies. Software is generally associated with modems and so 1194.21 would apply.
Memory (ROMS, RAM. EPROMS) N/A No user interface
Video Cards 1194.24, 1194.41 If the product comes with software, then 1194.21 applies. Video cards always have associated drivers
Hardware Drives 1194.21, 1194.41 If the product comes with software, then 1194.21 applies.
Flash Drives 1194.21, 1194.41 If the product comes with software, then 1194.21 applies. Product may not come with software but is associated with the OS and will create a user response.

Information, documentation and support


EIT Services (e.g., Web Developerts, Consultants, Technical Experts, etc...) All Support personnel should be knowledgable about all aspects of the 508 standards.
Help Desk All Support personnel should be knowledgable about all aspects of the 508 standards.