Welcome to the accessibility section of our Web site. This section includes information on Section 508 requirements and alternative access to Web documents.

Section 508 Compliance

The NIDA for Teens Web site is Section 508 compliant and meets all of the specified guidelines required by law. We do our best to make this site user-friendly for all users, and we continually work to improve the Web site. Please let us know if you have suggestions to improve the Web site or if you find an error. Please use the feedback form to provide us with your comments to help improve the Web site.

For Alternative Access to Web Documents

Contact the NIDA Public Information and Liaison Branch at 301-443-1124 if you need alternate formats of information, or e-mail us at

Adobe PDF Documents for the Visually Impaired

Adobe provides free PDF tools for the visually impaired. You can get information regarding the accessibility of PDF files from the Adobe's accessibility Web site.

Microsoft Offers Accessibility Tools

Microsoft provides free accessibility tools within their Windows operating system. To learn more about these tools visit Microsoft's Accessibility Web site.

Commitment to People with Limited English Proficiency

NIH is renewing its commitment to providing meaningful access to its programs and activities for people with limited English proficiency (LEP). In accordance with Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency,” the information translated on the NIH Web site and on the sites of its Institutes and Centers is free of charge to the public.

If you need more information about available resources in your language or in another language, please visit NIDA's Language Access Implementation Plan or contact us at .

Synopsis of Section 508 Accessibility Requirements

Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, or use electronic and information technology (EIT), Federal employees with disabilities have comparable access to and use of information and data as Federal employees who have no disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have comparable access to and use of information and data as the public without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

Although Federal agencies have an explicit statutory obligation to make all EIT that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section 508, the current emphasis is on newly procured EIT because it is the category that is explicitly enforceable by legal action. Procurement awards made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508 (see FAR Final Rule).

According to the Access Board, the Section 508 requirements do not apply retroactively to pre-existing EIT. Specifically, the "Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards: Economic Assessment," states that

"The standards are to be applied prospectively and do not require Federal agencies to retrofit existing electronic and information technology. As agencies upgrade and change their electronic and information technology, they must comply with the standards." (See Chapter 2.1 Final Standards)

It should be noted, however, that other Federal regulations and guidelines (e.g., Section 501 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) require equal access for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, Federal agencies are required, upon request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.