- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sections 508 and 504 requires that communications with people with disabilities be as effective as communications to those without disabilities. This means that to be compliant, school districts must make reasonable modifications to technology tools and websites to ensure equal opportunities and access to content, software, and equipment for people with disabilities.In 2017, the U.S. Access Board updated accessibility requirements covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act, now requiring that websites at any federally funded organizations comply with the updated 508 Standards beginning on January 18, 2018.
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) does not specifically state that schools must adhere to a specific standard, but it does require that schools provide accessible alternative formats upon request.
- Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) 2.0 requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their web sites, information systems, and information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. IITA is based on the federal Section 508 Standards, and K-12 entities are not required to meet guidelines.