Library and Website Accessibility

All National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) museums, research facilities, and Presidential Libraries are accessible (ADA compliant). If you have questions regarding a specific location’s accessibility, please contact the facility directly.

Disability Services

Blind and Low Vision Visitors
NARA’s museum has five copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in braille. Please contact visitor services for more information at visitorservices@nara.gov or call 202-357-6816.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Visitors
Most research facilities and all Presidential Libraries provide Interpretypes® as a quick and easy means of face-to-face communication between deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people. These can be used for simple research questions, visitor Q &A, and general information. Interpretypes® will not be replacing interpreters, but are a means of immediate access for those with hearing loss. For information about interpreted museum tours, please email visitorservices@nara.gov or call 202-357-6816.

Sign language interpreting and CART (Communication Access in Real Time) services are available with a 7 business day advance notice. Please contact the facility in which you are interested in visiting for more information about reserving services.

Service Animals
NARA has a Service Animal Policy, which permits animals specifically trained to perform tasks for persons with disabilities, access to public areas. Therapy animals are not considered service animals under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Service animals must be under the control of their handlers at all times.

Wheelchair Users

Wheelchairs are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Information Communication Technology

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to the widest possible audience, including individuals with disabilities. NARA regularly monitors its sites to ensure that they meet and exceed the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998, and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines .

NARA's Section 508 Coordinator

NARA's Federal Section 508 Coordinator is the primary point of contact for NARA's efforts to provide individuals with disabilities with equal access to electronic information and data. These efforts pertain to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998.

Our Section 508 Coordinator is Marjorie Bennett

  • Email:  508feedback@nara.gov
     
  • Mail:
    National Archives and Records Administration
    Section 508 Coordinator, Marjorie Bennett
    8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4400
    College Park, MD 20740-6001
     
  • Telephone: 301-837-1514

Alternate Access to Web Information

If the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact us at the address above.

To allow us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please let us know:

  1. Nature of your accessibility issue.
  2. Preferred format in which to receive the material.
  3. Web address (URL) of the material with which you are having difficulty.
  4. Your contact information.

Documents on our website are in many formats. The primary file types we use are.

HTML and Images

Generally, we use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In creating HTML documents, we follow Section 508 standards; for example, we include alternate text to describe graphics.

Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF Files

Our website also contains documents in Adobe Portable Document Format ® (PDF). Most PDF files will be accessible to those who use assistive technology such as screen readers. Some legacy or software-created PDF files may not be accessible. If you are experiencing difficulty reading any PDF file, please contact us, and we will send you an alternate version.

For detailed, up-to-date information about Acrobat Reader or the PDF format, visit Adobe Systems Inc. 

PowerPoint Files

You can view files that are in Microsoft PowerPoint ® (PPT) format if you have any version of PowerPoint installed on your computer.

Word Files

You can view files in Microsoft Word® (DOC) format if you have Word, version 6.0 or higher, installed on your computer. Word documents can also be viewed with many other word-processing software programs.

Learn More

Section 508 is a Federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found on the following sites:

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