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A Progress Report on Fulfilling America's Promise to Americans with Disabilities

Chapter 1. Increasing Access Through Technology

New technologies are opening opportunities for work, community living, and independence for those with even the most severe disabilities. The New Freedom Initiative commitments will help jumpstart research in assistive and universally designed technologies and will help ensure that Americans with disabilities have access to those technologies.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 became effective in June 2001. It requires that all electronic and information technology purchased by the Federal government be usable by people with disabilities. This requirement will lead to improved services for customers with disabilities and a more inclusive, better equipped workplace for Federal employees with disabilities. Accessible electronic and information technology will transform the Federal government into a model workplace full of diverse problem solvers improving America’s ability to compete in the global economy.

Federal Investment in Assistive Technology Research and Development and Access to Assistive Technology


Other Administration Technology Accomplishments

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