CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SCRA Applied R&D was recently awarded a $1 million follow-on contract for the “BeAccessible” program to provide technical assistance to help the federal government comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The program is currently in the fourth year of a five year award and further expands previous contracts with a similar mission, “BuyAccessible.” SCRA Applied R&D as the prime will continue to partner with Jacobs Technologies and Harolynn Inc. in providing technical support to the General Services Administration (GSA).
In 2000, The United States Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to create technical requirements for Section 508 conformance. The Act mandates that all Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products and services that are "developed, procured, maintained or used" by the federal government be accessible to persons with disabilities. The BeAccessible program will assist in enhancing Section 508 conformance by providing tools and technical expertise that will ensure persons with disabilities are able to access all EIT products and services used by the federal government.
“This award demonstrates SCRA Applied R&D’s continued success in managing important federal programs,” said SCRA Applied R&D President Chris Van Metre. “In 2006, federal agency compliance with Section 508 was only 3 percent, but through the BeAccessible program, compliance is now over 50 percent. We look forward to continuing this mission so all federal agencies can ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to EIT.”
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages national and international R&D programs worth over $2 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced, high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA’s cumulative output on South Carolina’s economy to be over $15.3 billion.