Section 508 Refresh

Handouts Media

Scheduled at 9:15am in Meadowbrook I on Friday, November 17 (2017).



  • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Senior Director of Strategic Consulting and Training 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)

Bill Curtis-Davidson

As Senior Director of Strategic Consulting and Training Services for Level Access, Bill Curtis-Davidson brings over 20 years of experience working in strategic user experience (UX) design and digital accessibility consulting. Bill joined Level Access after working for 15 years with IBM as a UX and Digital Accessibility Consultant, Business Development Executive and Executive Architect. Prior to that, he worked as a Digital Accessibility Researcher and adjunct faculty at Georgia Tech. Bill has helped dozens of companies plan, implement and manage their digital accessibility operations. He has been involved in advising numerous government advisory committees, standards development organizations, and industry associations.


AHG 2017 Section 508 Refresh FINAL