NINDS Accessibility Policy

The web pages of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) have been designed to be accessible to all users and compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies by complying with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998. 

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 that are used to ensure compliance to this law.

Find more information on Section 508 and the technical standards at the federal government's Section 508 website.

Reporting Accessibility Issues

It is possible that you may encounter problems when accessing certain pages. If you encounter a problem and would like to report it or to obtain additional help accessing information on any NINDS webpage, please contact us via email.

 "Section 508 Accessibility" from the form menu and in your message, please include:

  • the operating system,
  • type and version of the assistive technology device you're using,
  • the title of the page you are having difficulty accessing, and
  • the page URL. 

To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of Federal electronic information products, visit the Federal IT Accessibility Initiative Web site.

PDF documents

While most of the content on NINDS web pages is in HTML format, some content is presented in PDF documents.  All PDF documents conform to Section 508 standards and are compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies. However, you will need Acrobat Reader to access PDF documents. You can download Acrobat Reader software at no charge from Adobe.

Notice to Limited English Proficient Individuals

The National Institutes of Health 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 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 contact us.