The Accessibility Committee serves as the principal interagency forum to improve the Federal government's implementation of
Section 508. Working in conjunction with the U.S. Access Board, the Department of Justice, and the General Services Administration,
the Accessibility Committee provides a forum for federal agencies, disability advocacy groups, industry, and academia stakeholders
to enable and support the Federal government’s implementation of accessible information technology by:
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to
ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The
Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and
for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on
accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.
The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among Federal agencies and to directly represent the public,
particularly people with disabilities. Half of its members are representatives from most of the Federal departments. The
other half is comprised of members of the public appointed by the President, a majority of whom must have a disability.