Accessibility Testing for Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 Conformance (Level a or AA)
At El Puente Global, our team helps businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, to reach WCAG 2.1 Level A or AA conformance.
Just as brick and mortar locations must remove physical barriers in order to follow ADA accessibility regulations and allow everyone equal access, websites must remove virtual barriers so all content is available to everyone. Recent web accessibility litigation for restaurants like Dominos, groceries like Winn Dixie, and retailers like Hobby Lobby Consequently, having true website accessibility means recognizing that the availability of your information and services does not require someone to be able to see, hear or use conventional computer technology.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) developed the WCAG 2.1 guidelines so that those who use screen readers, braille displays and other assistive technology can have equal access to information. W3C provides a paraphrased summary of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standards for website accessibility:
- Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
- Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
- Create content that can be presented in different ways, including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
- Make it easier for users to see and hear content.
- Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
- Give users enough time to read and use content.
- Do not use content that causes seizures.
- Help users navigate and find content.
- Make text readable and understandable.
- Make content appear and operate in predictable ways.
- Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
- Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools.
We Can Help.
Does your website need a review for accessibility? Whether addressing potential liability or just being a proactive company, we can help remediate accessibility violations and prevent future mistakes from occurring, as well as help develop a culture of openness and awareness of barriers for staff from web designers to customer service. Our network also includes seasoned Certified Access Specialists (CASp) who can help address compliance issues at your place of business. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
We have assessed and edited business employee handbooks and HR manuals to comply, and help integrate more inclusive efforts in the hiring process across nonprofit and for-profit industries. Our staff have tested and recommended steps and priorities for compliance for over 3000 federal government web pages and multiple private and nonprofit clients.
We want to help your company both avoid lawsuits and diversify your customers with the following areas:
- UX (User Experience) Web Design
- Automated Testing
- User Testing
- Section 508. PDF Document Remediation
Follow our Principal Consultant as she studies for and takes the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) exam in her posts in this site.