Accessible Workplace Settings

Apply Section 508 to federal procurements of STEM software

Software for mathematical, statistical, or scientific analysis tends to lack compliance with accessibility guidelines, thereby posing difficulties for STEM students or professionals trying to succeed in a field of interest. If federal agencies applied due diligence in Section 508 market research and communication with potential vendors, incentives would be raised to correct accessibility problems in order to sell to the government. More accessible STEM software would then likely appear on the market.

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