The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act now establishes requirements for electronic and information technology developed, maintained, procured, or used by the Federal government. Section 508 requires Federal electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.
In December 2000 the Federal Access Board issued final standards for electronic and information technology under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. These were adopted and published in the Federal Registrar in April 2001 with enforcement to begin June 21, 2001.
While these standards currently apply to Federal government, it is the direct responsibility of Florida state government agencies and their Web designers and developers to become familiar with these accessibility guidelines and to apply these principles in designing and creating any official State of Florida website.
All Florida State Government websites must comply with Section 508 to ensure the widest possible audience easy access to government information. These standards are based on access guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). All website content is provided in HTML format. Portable Document Format (PDF) versions are available for most of our longer documents. One popular viewer for PDF files is Acrobat Reader. No endorsement is implied.
For More Information
For more information, relating to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act, visit the United States Access Board website section for Communications & IT.
Download the City of Lakeland Title VI-EEO/Non-Discrimination/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/504 Statement & ADA Officer Contact/ Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Fact Sheet
Download the Title VI Nondiscrimination Program Complaint of Discrimination Form
Questions & Concerns
If you experience any difficulty related to the accessibility of any content on this website or, have ideas or comments that would help us improve the accessibility and usability of this website, please contact our Digital Content Specialist, Elizabeth Hollida, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (863) 834-6392.
If hearing impaired, please contact the TDD Line – Local: (863) 834-8333 or 1-800-955-8771.
If VOICE impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770.
You may also write to us at:
City of Lakeland - City Hall
Attn: Elizabeth Hollida, Digital Content Specialist
228 S. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801-5086
If applicable, please include the web address or URL and the specific problem you have encountered.
Last Updated: 09/19/2016