For Faculty

This page is dedicated to provide Irvine Valley College faculty some resources and guidelines related to Section 508.

What is Section 508?

Section 508 is an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.

Additional Resources on Section 508


What does Section 508 mean to you?

  • All online lectures and videos must be captioned before they are shown for the first time
  • Captioning is required whether or not deaf students will be in the class; for videos, transcripts are not the same (must have synchronized text and video)
  • All course materials (textbooks, PDF, Microsoft Office documents and web pages) used in class should be accessible to all students


Training and Guidelines

Alternate Media Services provide regular training on Section 508. Check the Technology Services Workshop Training Calendar for upcoming trainings to better understand accessibility concepts and techniques.
The following are some guidelines, tips and links to external resources that you can use to ensure your course materials are Section 508 compliant. For more information, contact Alternate Media Services.