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 information.
  • If you need to convert PDF documents, Adobe® offers conversion tools at its Accessibly Resource Center.

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

"The standards 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.

To Learn More

  • The HHS Office on Disability (OD) oversees the implementation of Section 508 at HHS. Visit this site to learn more about the OD's activities and leadership.
  • The U.S. Access Board's Section 508 Homepage provides information on Section 508 law, frequently asked questions, and standards.
  • The Section 508 Homepage provides Section 508 tools, resources, standards, and news.