California State University Northridge

Meeting the Requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: A Guide for University Faculty and Staff

On September 30, 2002, Governor Gray Davis signed California Senate Bill 105 into law. This bill amends Section 11135 of the Government Code, requiring state governmental entities to comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended. Whether in developing, purchasing, maintaining or using electronic or information technology ,state universities must ensure that the technology is accessible for blind and visually impaired persons as well as deaf and hard of hearing persons.

In order to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 105 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, campus web pages, on-line teaching applications, software, telecommunications, audio and video media, kiosks and information transaction machines, and office equipment must be accessible. The recommendations below are intended to assist campus faculty and staff in meeting these legal obligations.

Campus Web Pages

On-line Teaching Applications



Kiosks and Other Information Transaction Machines

Fax Machines, Copiers, Printers, and Other IT Office Equipment