The United States Agency for Global Media is committed to providing access to our web pages for individuals with disabilities, both members of the public and Federal employees.
To meet this commitment, we will comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from us, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.
Section 508 also requires us to ensure that federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of information and data by federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.
If the format of any material on our web site interferes with your ability to access the information, due to an issue with accessibility caused by a disability as defined in the Rehabilitation Act, please contact us for assistance.
So that we can respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format you wish to receive the material, the web address (URL) of the material with which you are having difficulty and your contact information.
Section 508 Complaint Processing Procedures
The amendments to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794d, which took effect in 2001, provided that each federal agency must ensure the electronic and information technology it develops, procures, maintains or uses is accessible to individuals with disabilities who are federal employees or applicants, or members of the public seeking information or services from the agency. Section 508 authorizes individuals to file administrative complaints and civil actions against the agency, limited to the alleged failure to procure accessible technology. The statute requires federal agencies to process Section 508 complaints according to the same complaint procedures used to process Section 504 complaints.
If you are a member of the public or an employee or applicant for employment of the United States Agency for Global Media who has a disability and wish to file a complaint of noncompliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, you may send a signed, written complaint within 180 days of the incident that gave rise to the complaint to the following address:
The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM)
Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
ATTN: Section 508 Complaints
330 Independence Ave SW Washington, D.C. 20223
Your complaint should include sufficient details of the alleged failure to procure accessible technology in compliance with Section 508 that will enable the Office of Equal Opportunity to understand what occurred, where and when it occurred and the responsible United States Agency for Global Media organization if known.
The USAGM Office of Civil Rights investigates and processes program complaints concerning Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 508). Individuals with disabilities may file an administrative complaint with the USAGM Office of Civil Rights requesting that existing information and communication technology (ICT), such as a USAGM branded website or non-accessible document that does not conform to the Section 508 standards, be reviewed and brought into compliance with the provisions of Section 508.
The United States Agency for Global Media will investigate your complaints and attempt resolution. If no resolution is achieved, a letter of findings will be issued, notifying you of the results of the investigation. If you disagree with the letter of findings, you will be provided with administrative appeal procedures. If you appeal the letter of findings, USAGM will issue a final decision based on the entire record. This decision will set forth the findings, remedial action required, if any, and reasons for the decision.
Alternative Means of Filing a Complaint: The United States Agency for Global Media will provide appropriate assistance to complainants who may need help in filing their complaint and will consider complaints filed in alternate forms. For example, a complainant with a disability may file a complaint electronically, by audiotape, in Braille, or in some other format. Electronic complaints should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation
USAGM is committed to complying with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. Under the Rehabilitation Act, agencies like USAGM must make sure that their programs and activities—including their educational materials, public events, and electronic and information technology (such as this website)—are accessible to people with disabilities. Under the Architectural Barriers Act, USAGM buildings and facilities must also be readily accessible to people with disabilities, including USAGM employees and applicants for USAGM employment with disabilities.
People with disabilities can request a “reasonable accommodation” to allow them to participate in or benefit from USAGM programs and activities that would not otherwise be accessible because of a disability.
The Architectural Barriers Act and access to U.S. Agency for Global Media facilities.
We also comply with the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). This law helps ensure that U.S. Agency for Global Media employees, applicants for U.S. Agency for Global Media employment, and members of the public with disabilities can gain ready access to U.S. Agency for Global Media buildings and facilities.
If you have any questions or concerns about physical access to U.S. Agency for Global Media buildings or facilities, contact the U.S Agency for Global Media Office of Safety at 202-920-2120.
- Learn more about ABA standards from the U.S. Access Board
- The Access Board is responsible for enforcing the ABA and their accessibility standards can be found here.
- File a complaint