Section 504 vs. Section 508

This section of the Inclusive Virginia website provides information and resources for adult education practitioners on the legal responsibilities of serving adult learners with differing abilities.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website clarifies the differences between Section 504 and Section 508 as it relates to access.

Section 508 requires Federal agencies to ensure that persons with disabilities (both employees and members of the public) have comparable access to and use of electronic information technology. That means that any electronic and information technology used, maintained, developed, or procured by an organization must be accessible to persons with disabilities.  

Section 504 requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in their programs and benefit from their services, including the provision of information to employees and members of the public.

Serving Adults with Disabilities

Section 188 in WIOA spells out funded programs’ obligation to serve youth and adults with disabilities and other protected statuses. Adult education programs must provide the same (or comparable) access to, and use of, information and services to their learners. 

Throughout this site you will find more information to help programs address and accommodate possible barriers.


Section 504 & 508 Resources