Organizations are encouraged to use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA technical requirements as a guide for digital accessibility.
The WCAG is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.
Below you will find a quick summary of the WCAG 2.0 Requirements:
Audio Description (Pre-recorded)
Images of Text
Headings and Labels
Language of Parts
Error Prevention (Legal, Financial, Data)
Live videos have captions
Users have access to audio description for video content
Contrast ratio between text and background is at least 4.5:1
Text can be resized to 200% without loss of content or function
Don’t use images of text
Offer several ways to find pages
Use clear headings and labels
Ensure keyboard focus is visible and clear
Tell users when the language on a page changes
Use menus consistently
Use icons and buttons consistently
Suggest fixes when users make errors
Reduce the risk of input errors for sensitive data
Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. Technology is deemed to be “accessible” if it can be used as efficiently by people with disabilities as by those without.
To demonstrate that a product or Web service is in compliance with Section 508, the creator completes a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), an “informational tool” that describes exactly how the product or service does or does not meet Section 508 standards.
One of the best ways to see if you’re in compliance with section 508 is checking the list of most common issues below:
- This page has markup errors, causing screen readers to miss content.
- Identify row and column headers in data tables using TH elements, and mark layout tables with role=’presentation’.
- Use the LANG attribute to identify the language of the page.
- Document title must not be blank.
- Figures and images in PDF documents should have nonblank ALT text, except for decorative photos which should be marked as artifacts.
- This page has duplicate IDs which cause problems in screen readers.
- PDF’s must be tagged to be accessible by screen readers
- IMG tags must have an ALT attribute
- This form control has no associated LABEL element.
- Each A tag must contain text or an IMG with an ALT attribute.
What We Will Do For You
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Compliance Unit provides worldwide assistance, giving you access to our specialized experts that will get your website accessible in no time. We will make an assessment of your site and look for any accessibility issues, fix those problems, maintain & monitor your site on a daily basis; keeping it compliant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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At Compliance Unit, we will establish the needs and priorities of your business and make a live-user audit of your website, making it stronger and faster. We will help you grow your business by developing and continuously improving your site’s accessibility to more, and more people. Finally, we will make sure your site has our gold standard for maintaining & monitoring it 24/7 and being accessible to everyone.
You do not need to learn or know everything about the ADA, Section 508, and WCAG 2.0 Standards. Leave that to us, so you can focus on running your business, as it is meant to be.
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People with disabilities should have the same experience on the web as someone who doesn’t have a disability. Making your website web accessible will allow people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with your website. There are many disabilities that hinder someone from using the web to include: visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological. To learn more about disabilities effect users on the internet read visit “How People with Disabilities Use the Web.” http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/people-use-web/stories
Mobile Accessibility – Mobile Accessibility has some of the same aspects of Web Accessibility but it also includes usage on mobile phones, tablets, and other devices. The list of devices vary from phones, tablets, digital TVs, smart watches, house hold smart appliances, and more. These are just some of the issues that the devices encounter: touch screens, small screen sizes, reflective lighting and more.
PDF Accessibility – PDF Accessibility is making a PDF accessible to both blind and visually impaired individuals so that they can read and understand what is going on with in your document. Making a PDF accessible is very similar to making a web page accessible, and doing so is by utilizing tags, headings, and xml markup. The XML markup is not seen visually to sighted users, but devices will be able to read the markup and give the non-sighted user a better explanation of what is in the document.
Multimedia Accessibility – Multimedia Accessibility is making it where hearing impaired and visually impaired know what is going on with your media. The way to do this is by creating a transcript, audio description, closed captioning, and if possible sign language. The audio/video should be published with the accessibility already implemented.
Accessibility Training – Accessibility Training is a more in depth process where one of our team members fly’s out to you, and will go over Accessibility guidelines for you or your team. The accessibility training will cover Web, Mobile, PDF, Multimedia, and any additional questions you may have. When we leave you will have a better understanding of what accessibility is, and why it’s needed.
Accessibility Consulting – Accessibility Consulting will allow you to make the changes that are needed, but with us guiding you along. We give you a report with a list of changes that need to be made, we will help you understand what needs to be changed, and how to make those changes. Some platforms have limitations so we will do our best to help you come up with a way to make the changes that are needed.
Implementation Solutions – Implementation Solutions will allow you to continue to do business while we take care of the changes that need to be made. You may not have the time, or knowledge to fix the errors in the report we give you, so we will just take care of them for you. Once all changes are made and verified we will continue to work with you on making more changes or you can enroll in to our 24/7 Compliance monitoring service.
24/7 Compliance Monitoring – Our 24/7 Compliance monitoring service takes the stress out of your life and lets you enjoy doing you need to do. We monitor your site to ensure that compliance is being met, when we see and issue we will fix it, notify the user, and go over with them what was fixed.