“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first major legislative effort to secure an equal playing field for individuals with disabilities. Section 508 of the act, as now amended (1998), requires that United States Federal Government employees with disabilities must have access to electronic and information technologies (EIT) that is equivalent to employees without disabilities. Section 508 also pertains to individuals in the public who are seeking services and/or information from a Federal agency.