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Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is committed to making this web site accessible to all visitors. The web site has undergone extensive redesign to ensure that it meets or exceeds the requirements of § 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

If you have difficulty accessing any content within this site, please e-mail OSC's web site administrator at, and describe specifically the page, section or document you are having difficulty accessing. We will make every effort to assist you in accessing the information that you require.

Contacting OSC by Telephone

All OSC telephone numbers listed on this web site can be accessed by callers with hearing/speech disabilities via TTY, by first dialing the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF)

Most of the documents contained within this site are available in both Portable Document Format (PDF) and web based (HTML) formats. The PDF documents have been created using Adobe Acrobat 5.0 making them accessible and compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998. However, these documents can only be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader ®, which can be downloaded free from Adobe.

Adobe offers free services through Access.Adobe.Com to provide access for blind and visually impaired users to any document in Adobe PDF format. PDF documents are converted into simple HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by a number of common screen reading programs that synthesize the HTML as audible speech.

The following conversion options are available through Access.Adobe.Com: