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Section 508 Accessibility

Section 508 Tutorials

Section 508 is a federal amendment that requires all websites to be accessible by people with disabilities. You can read about Section 508 online. We have provided several tools to help you validate your website and tutorials specifically aimed at Section 508.

Section 508 Tutorial- Jim Thatcher

From web accessibility consultant Jim Thatcher. This site offers an explanation of each Section 508 requirement using very easy-to-understand language and simple, non-complex code examples. This might be a good place to start in order to understand the requirements before delving into some of the more complex tutorial sites.

Accessibility Initiative- Winthrop University

Offers a very detailed tutorial covering each of the Section 508 requirements. Includes sample code and screen shots. It is designed to be a user-friendly interpretation of the sixteen Web accessibility standards (a-p) of Section 508.

Section 508 Site Accessibility- University of Wisconsin - Madison

Tutorials for each of the required elements under Section 508, including coding examples. Very thorough and very easy to understand.

Web Accessibility Tools

Web Based

Accessibility Valet - Site Valet

Accessibility Valet is a tool that allows you to check Web pages against either Section 508 or WGAC accessibility compliance. One URL at a time may be checked with this online tool in free mode, or unlimited use with paid subscription.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Converter - Adobe

Adobe offers this resource for converting PDF files into either HTML or plain text. The PDF file must be online and a URL given to the converter to process. Note that only text is output: graphics and other non-text elements are simply dropped.

Cynthia Says - HiSoftware

The Cynthia Says portal is a Web content accessibility validation solution. It is designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines. This free tool, meant for educational purposes, is an online test which only validates one page at a time.

TAW3 - CTIC Foundation

TAW3 is a tool for the analysis of Web sites, based on the W3C - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It will check one URL at a time from its Web-based mode, or offers downloadable versions for your desktop or browser.

Vischeck - Vischeck

Vischeck is a tool for showing what things look like to someone who is color blind. You can try Vischeck online by either running Vischeck on your own uploaded image files or by running running it on a Web page by feeding it a URL. You can also download the program as a Photoshop plugin to use it on your own computer.


WAVE is a free Web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid in the Web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original Web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility information within your page.


A-Prompt - Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

A-Prompt is a software tool designed to help Web authors improve the usability of Web pages created in HTML format. A-Prompt first evaluates an HTML Web page to identify barriers to accessibility by people with disabilities. It then provides the Web author with a fast and easy way to make the necessary repairs.

Dreamweaver Accessibility Plugins - Adobe/Macromedia

Dreamweaver is the most popular and capable WYSIWYG Web page editor on the market today. Adobe Software offers a collection of vendor and third-party supplied plugins and add-ons that give a wide range of accessibility checking options.

Insight - Colorfield Digital Media

Colorfield Insight is a Photoshop plug-in that allows designers to predict image legibility for color deficient viewers by accurately simulating color blindness. Given that up to 10% of the male population is affected by some sort of color blindness, Web page designers should use a tool such as this to preview their pages to make sure important information is not being lost.