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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to the widest possible audience, including individuals with disabilities. NARA regularly monitors its sites to ensure that they meet and exceed the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998, and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
NARA's Federal Section 508 Coordinator is the primary point of contact for NARA's efforts to provide individuals with disabilities with equal access to electronic information and data. These efforts pertain to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998.
Our Section 508 Coordinator is Marjorie Bennett
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Archives and Records Administration
Section 508 Coordinator, Marjorie Bennett
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4400
College Park, MD 20740-6001
- Telephone: 301-837-1514
If the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact us at the address above.
To allow us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please let us know:
- Nature of your accessibility issue.
- Preferred format in which to receive the material.
- Web address (URL) of the material with which you are having difficulty.
- Your contact information.
Documents on our website are in many formats. The primary file types we use are.
HTML and Images
Generally, we use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In creating HTML documents, we follow Section 508 standards; for example, we include alternate text to describe graphics.
Our website also contains documents in Adobe Portable Document Format ® (PDF). Most PDF files will be accessible to those who use assistive technology such as screen readers. Some legacy or software-created PDF files may not be accessible. If you are experiencing difficulty reading any PDF file, please contact us, and we will send you an alternate version.
- PDF files require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Adobe also provides free PDF tools for the visually impaired.
- Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
For detailed, up-to-date information about Acrobat Reader or the PDF format, visit Adobe Systems Inc.
You can view files that are in Microsoft PowerPoint ® (PPT) format if you have any version of PowerPoint installed on your computer.
- Microsoft Corporation offers a free PowerPoint file viewer.
- Download and get help using the PowerPoint Viewer at the Microsoft Download Center.
You can view files in Microsoft Word® (DOC) format if you have Word, version 6.0 or higher, installed on your computer. Word documents can also be viewed with many other word-processing software programs.
- Microsoft Corporation offers a free Word file viewer at the Microsoft Download Center.
Section 508 is a Federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found on the following sites:
- Section508.gov provides Federal employees and the public with access to resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508, including Section 508 tools, resources, standards, and news.
- The U.S. Access Board's Section 508 Homepage provides information on Section 508 law, frequently asked questions, and standards.
- The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) homepage provides strategies, guidelines, and resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
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