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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the requirements of 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 and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at

If you have feedback, comments, or concerns related to the accessibility of any content on this website or about the NICHD Section 508 program, please contact the NICHD Webmaster at If applicable, please include relevant URL(s) and the specific problems you have encountered.

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In order to view the contents of a ZIP file, you must first download the ZIP file to your computer. Once you've downloaded the file, you can double-click on the ZIP file and it will open in a new window. You can then copy the contents of the ZIP file into another folder and view them from there.

Also in Windows and Linux you can right-click on the ZIP file and select "Extract All" or "Extract Here". Selecting "Extract All" will allow you to set a file location for the folder to go. "Extract Here" will uncompress the folder and leave its contents in the same file location as the ZIP file.

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The NICHD utilizes multiple social media platforms to communicate its messages about health processes, disabilities, diseases, research, and more. On our website, we offer the ability to share this content through these social media platforms.

The social media platforms are "external" websites—ones that are not maintained by the NICHD or the federal government. Even though the NICHD works to ensure that the content it posts on these platforms is as accurate as possible, the Institute cannot verify the accuracy of other material posted there.

The links to these platforms are provided only for your convenience. Linking to these external sites is not an endorsement from the NICHD, the NIH, or the HHS.

Please note that when you go to an external website, you will be subject to that site's privacy and other policies. In addition, the external site may not address Section 508 (accessibility) requirements in the same way that the NICHD does.


For NIH employees who need assistance with accessibility, please contact the equal employment opportunity officer in your Institute.

To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of Federal electronic information products, visit the Section 508 page.

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Last Reviewed: 03/13/2014
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