Laws and Policies

U.S. Supreme Court building exterior viewThere are a number of federal and state laws and policies that govern and affect Assistive Technology.

We have listed several important ones here:

Federal Laws and Policies

The regulations for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act were published on December 21, 2000. These regulations deal with new requirements under federal law that ensure that electronic devices and technologies are accessible to individuals with disabilities .

On October 8, 2010, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)became law. The CVAA updates federal communications law to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications. The CVAA makes sure that accessibility laws enacted in the 1980s and 1990s are brought up to date with 21st century technologies, including new digital, broadband, and mobile innovations. More information about the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).

The US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights also issues “Dear Colleague Letters” (DCL) which are designed to inform educational institutions, students, parents, advocacy agencies and others of updates to policy and interpretation of regulations. Here are some recent DCLs related to technology in schools:

Maine State Laws and Policies

The State of Maine Legislative website that contains the text of the Maine State Law dealing with sale of Assistive Technology devices in Maine. Specifically, it is a consumer protection law sometime known as the “lemon law”. More information about Maine’s AT “Lemon Law”…

Maine’s “ABLE” Act

The federal ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act, passed in 2014 is modeled after 529 savings plans and lets people with disabilities, and their families, put aside up to $14,000 a year to be used for a wide variety of disability-related costs, including living expenses. In 2016, the Maine Legislature passed LD 1421 (HP 967), a law directing the Treasurer of State to study the most effective options for Maine residents to participate in tax-advantaged savings accounts for persons with disabilities. The legislation passed the House on 2/18/16 and the Senate on 2/23/16. It became law without the Governor’s signature on 3/6/16.  For more information, please contact the Treasurer’s Office

Maine State Government Accessibility Standards for Information Technology

This is an informational resource for application developers, software contractors and web page designer working with Maine State Government. It details the requirements of the State of Maine’s standards for Information Technology with specifics on accessibility standards and web site policies. More information about Maine State Government Accessibility Standards.

Chapter 101: Maine Medical Assistance Manual

An on-line version of the Medical Assistance Manual may be found on the state web site. However, individual chapters are in word processor format and may need to be downloaded before viewing. More information about Chapter 101.

Maine Special Education Regulations

Here is the link to the Maine Department of Education – Special Services which lists all of the regulations that deal with Special Education including proposed revisions to the regulations and links to the federal laws.


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rev: 8/10/21