For Alternate Access to Web Information
At this time, all SAMHSA information should be accessible via screen readers
and other accessibility tools with the exception of some pre-2001 information.
This information may not be available in accessible formats.
- If you need an alternative means of access to any information on the SAMHSA website,
please contact us through our Web Requests system. Let us know the nature of your
accessibility problem, the web address of the requested information, and your contact
- If you need to convert PDF documents, Adobe® offers conversion tools at its
Synopsis of Section 508 Accessibility Requirements:
Section 508 requires that when federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use
electronic and information technology (EIT), federal employees with disabilities
have comparable access to and use of information and data as federal employees who
have no disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section
508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public
seeking information or services from a federal agency, have comparable access to
and use of information and data as the public without disabilities, unless an undue
burden would be imposed on the agency.
Although federal agencies have an explicit statutory obligation to make all EIT
that they develop, maintain, or use compliant with Section 508, the current emphasis
is on newly procured EIT because it is the category that is explicitly enforceable
by legal action. Procurement awards made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject
to Section 508.
According to the
Access Board, the Section 508 requirements do not apply retroactively to
pre-existing EIT. Specifically, the "Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards:
Economic Assessment," states that
are to be applied prospectively and do not require Federal agencies to retrofit
existing electronic and information technology. As agencies upgrade and change their
electronic and information technology, they must comply with the standards." (See
Chapter 2.1 Final Standards)
It should be noted, however, that other federal regulations and guidelines require
equal access for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, federal agencies are
required, upon request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities
through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.
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