Standards for Compliance
Extensive effort is made to adhere to the Federal Section 508 Standards requirements set forth in the Rehabilitation Act that was amended in 1998. These standards were created to help eliminate barriers in information technology, make new opportunities available for people with disabilities and encourage the development of technologies that help achieve these goals. For more information about these standards please visit the Section 508 web site ( www.section508.gov) or the Federal Access Board web site ( www.access-board.gov).
In addition, this web site also strives to comply with the Mass. Web Accessibility Standards. These standards, adopted in May of 2000, were developed by the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) to ensure that all Massachusetts Agency web pages are accessible for all users. These standards are based primarily on Federal Section 508 Standards with some elements from the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and have been actively incorporated throughout this web site.
Some of the documents found on this web site are produced as downloadable files. Efforts have been to provide accessible, screen-readable versions for each download. Free readers are available at the following websites:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader®- free reader for PDF files
- MS Office viewers- free reader for MS Office, Rich Text, and text files
If you are unable to view any of the downloadable files on this web site, efforts will be made to provide you with a copy of this material in an alternate format. Simply contact us by email to make your request: HHSWebService@state.ma.us.
We also welcome your questions about the web site's accessibility policy and comments on how to improve the site's accessibility. Please contact us by using the feedback form on this Portal, by telephone, or at the mailing address below.
EOHHS Communications Office
One Ashburton Place
11 th Floor
Boston, MA 02108