Section 508 is a federal law that establishes requirements for electronic and information technology developed, maintained or procured to ensure that people with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data for people without disabilities. For more information, visit Section 508 Standards.
California Government Code 11135 requires all state agencies (including the CSU) to implement Section 508 and to apply the federal accessibility standards to electronic and information technology (E&IT) products and services that we buy, create, use and maintain. For more information, visit California Government Code 11135.
Section 504 is about accommodations and addresses specific individual disability needs. Access for the disabled is still a distinct responsibility under 504. Buying accessible products will reduce, but will not alleviate the need for individual accommodation. Individual needs must still be met.
Although Section 508 and 504 have distinct responsibilities, they are linked in their requirements to provide equal access and protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.