The Defense Security Service (DSS) is committed to meeting or exceeding the accessibility requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794), as amended, and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. § 4151, et seq.), as amended.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires Federal 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.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires Federal agencies to ensure that persons with disabilities (including employees and members of the public seeking information or services from an agency) have access to and use of Federal electronic and information technology (EIT) that is comparable to the access and use by persons who are not disabled. EIT includes computer hardware and software, websites, phone systems, and copiers. Under Section 508, all EIT developed, procured, maintained, or used by a Federal agency must be made readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, unless it would impose an undue burden on the agency. The U.S. Access Board, an independent Federal agency whose primary mission is to promote accessibility for individuals with disabilities, has developed technical requirements and criteria used to measure conformance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (commonly known as the “Section 508 Standards”). More information on Section 508 and the Section 508 Standards is located here.
The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) requires that buildings or facilities designed, constructed (including additions), altered, leased, or financed by the United States after August 12, 1968 be accessible to individuals with disabilities. More information on the ABA is located here.
508 - EIT Accessibility
To provide feedback or submit questions or concerns about DSS EIT accessibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For accessibility issues specifically related to our Center for the Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), please email email@example.com.
ABA - DSS Facilities Access
To provide feedback or submit questions or concerns about access to DSS facilities, please contact the DSS Logistics Management Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
508 or ABA Complaints
If you would like to file a complaint regarding Section 508 or ABA compliance, please contact the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office at email@example.com or at 571-305-6297, within 45 calendar days from the date of the alleged violation.
Individuals having a need for reasonable accommodation in any DSS program or activity, including employment-related programs, may contact the DSS Disability Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.