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This page is dedicated to provide Irvine Valley College faculty some resources and guidelines related to Section 508.

What is Section 508?

Section 508 is an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.

Additional Resources on Section 508

  • All online lectures and videos must be captioned before they are shown for the first time
  • Captioning is required whether or not deaf students will be in the class; for videos, transcripts are not the same (must have synchronized text and video)
  • All course materials (textbooks, PDF, Microsoft Office documents and web pages) used in class should be accessible to all students

Training and Guidelines

It is the college’s responsibility to ensure that students, employees and the public have equal access to digital content across our campus. Alternate Media Services provides regular training on Section 508 through the Access For All workshop series. Discover the basic principles of accessibility, understand the need for alternate forms of access, and learn the concepts and techniques used to develop accessible content. Check the Alternate Media Services Workshop Calendar for upcoming workshops (login with your IVC credentials to access the calendar).

The following are some guidelines, tips and links to external resources that you can use to ensure your course materials are Section 508 compliant. For more information, contact Alternate Media Services.