OK so this is a question I have had for sometime after reading the 508 laws a few times. 508 litterally seems to govern just Federal agencies or a State or Private agency that is working from a Federal grant. Based on this it seems like for most of us, if not almost all, that 508 is really not applicable legally. We have, in Arkansas, an act on the books that essentially speaks the same language as the 508 laws, so that is what we reference and go by as an instituion. We also require level 1, and where possible level 2 WCAG accessibility guidlines.
So the there seems to be a lot of focus on 508, which morally is not a bad thing. But when you have to justify this position with faculty, lawyers, public, etc.. it is a detail it seems that can open up a hole in the argument for which there is no rebuttal, other than "because I said you have to do it".
Here is the reference, under purpose: http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=12
I guess my question is, what is your institutions take on adhereing and promoting 508 vs. a state law or institutional policy?