Section 508 information


Section 508 requires U. S. federal agencies to research accessibility features before purchasing technology products. Accessibility conformance reports based on the ITI VPAT format are used as tools to do the necessary research. Detailed accessibility information about HP products is easily available in our online database, which is available to government purchasers and the public.

Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 USC 794d), as amended by P.L. No. 106-246 (July 13, 2000), is implemented by Electronic and Information Accessibility Standards set forth in regulations of the US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (36 CFR Part 1194). Products used by U.S. federal agencies are required to be accessible by people with disabilities. In addition, federal agencies are required to research technology products before purchase to ensure that they are accessible to people with disabilities.

The U.S. Access Board revised the Section 508 standards in January 2017, which becomes effective for U.S. federal agencies to implement by January 18, 2018. The revised requirements address new technologies and other areas where the standards needed to be refreshed. HP participated in the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Council (TEITAC) to develop recommendations to the U.S. Access Board for changes to the legacy Section 508 standards.

HP Accessibility Conformance Reports

HP Accessibility has created a report database to provide detailed information on the accessibility features of HP products and services and how they conform to the Section 508 requirements. This database supports both the legacy and revised Section 508 standards.

HP accessibility conformance reports are based on the ITI Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)® format. This reporting format was developed to help government agencies and other customers to do the research necessary when purchasing information and communications technology (ICT) products in order to comply with the requirements of Section 508 and other similar legislation.

HP participated in the consensus development of the original VPAT and the latest VPAT 2.0® formats. The term “VPAT” has become synonymous with Section 508 and Accessibility Conformance Reports, so we understand when we get asked for a VPAT. More information and related resources can be found on the ITI VPAT web page.

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If you require a legacy Samsung Printer/MFP Section 508 VPAT report, please contact the appropriate HP Sales team or contact HP Accessibility.

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