Making electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

Elevate will work with you to determine best practices and applicable regulations. We perform testing and offer the remediation needed to ensure compliance with the ADA, WCAG, EN 301 549, and Section 508 standards.

Background

Section 508, ADA, WCAG, and EN 301 549 are all standards with the same goal: to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

  • The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Under the ADA, digital media, websites, and ICT are all required to be accessible to people with disabilities.

All private and public entities that are considered “public accommodations” are required to comply with The ADA’s regulations.

  • Section 508 is a federal law that requires all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to federal employees and members of the public with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities who wish to access government Information and Communications Technology (ICT). ICT includes information technology and other equipment, systems, technologies, or processes, for which the principal function is the creation, manipulation, storage, display, receipt, or transmission of electronic data and information, as well as any associated content. Further, Section 508 adopted WCAG’s standards for web accessibility

Section 508 is limited to those in the federal sector, it does not require private websites to comply with their regulations unless they are receiving federal funds or are under contract with a federal agency.

  • The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), developed through the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), are a set of formal guidelines on how to develop accessible web content. These guidelines for improving web accessibility to make websites and content accessible to users with disabilities has become an international standard.

While there is no compliance requirement for WCAG itself, many countries have adopted WCAG’s standards. As a rule of best practice, it is recommended that any business with an online presence follow the guidelines for providing enhanced usability and accessibility to disabled users.

  • European accessibility standard EN 301 549 is an accessibility standard that covers all ICT. EN 301 549 has also adopted WCAG’s standards for web accessibility.

Assessment

We offer the following services in order to evaluate your current state of accessibility, identify gaps, and determine the appropriate remediation plan.

  • GAP Analysis: Assessment to gauge your current state of web
  • Legal Compliance and Accessibility Audit: Website, application, and document accessibility evaluation and QA for ADA, Section 508, WCAG 2.0/2.1, and EN 301 549 compliance.
  • Mobile Accessibility Audit: Assessment to ensure that all mobile applications conform to the accessibility standards.

Remediation Plan

The outcomes of the Gap Analysis and Accessibility Audits are used to create the appropriate remediation plan in order to bring all systems and applications into accessibility compliance.

Long Term Compliance - It is important to remember that compliance with Website Accessibility standards is only one step. Long term compliance requires continuous assessment, monitoring, and process improvement. Elevate can help you with achieving and maintaining Website Accessibility compliance.

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