Section 508 Refresh

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in Meadowbrook I on Friday November, 17.



  • Beth Crutchfield, Vice President, Policy and Program Services, Level Access

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


An update on the timelines for the Refresh and a look at the key differences between the proposed new and current Section 508 requirements.


Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is one of the most critical standards for the federal government. Section 508 standards are incorporated into the federal acquisition requirements and apply to information and communication technology (ICT) that is used, developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies. The revised ICT standards and guidelines (generally referred to as the “Section 508 Refresh”), published 1/18/17, modernize the approach of applying the standards. The presentation will give you an overview of Section 508, as well as the timeline for conformance.

We will discuss how the new standards are structured and how it differs from the previous standards. Restructuring allows those determining compliance to evaluate the product or service based on the features that it has rather than what type of product or service it is. In addition to the key differences between the new standards and old standards, we discuss what has changed since it was originally proposed.


  1. What is covered by Section 508
  2. How to apply the Section 508 standards
  3. The differences between the revised Section 508 standards and the old standards

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Beth Crutchfield

As Vice President of Policy and Program Services, Beth Crutchfield brings nearly 20 years of program management and policy implementation experience to the Policy, Program and Training teams at Level Access. Beth has extensive experience working on managing and driving resolution for clients on the terms of Consent Decrees and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaints. Her deep regulatory knowledge extends beyond the Digital Accessibility space as she holds many certifications. Beth has extensive experience with testing, remediation, risk profile analysis, structuring remediation programs and building long term Digital Accessibility strategies. While she has significant experience in the financial services industry, she currently leads much of Level Access’ work in the education vertical. Outside of work, Beth remains active in the disability advocacy community in her hometown of Richmond, VA.