In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.
Section 508 sets standards and requirements for the following types of products: software applications, operating systems, web-based Intranet and Internet information and applications, telecommunications products, video and multimedia products, self-contained, closed products, desktop and portable computers.
Zmanda conducted a review of its web-based products to determine compatibility with ADA Section 508 guidelines. Zmanda offers a specific email address and toll-free telephone number whereby users can receive assistance as needed. For assistance, users are asked to email [email protected] or call (888) 4ZMANDA (888.496.2632).