In January 2017, the U.S. Access Board updated its existing Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The new Federal requirements now align with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
The Access Board set a deadline of November 18, 2018 for organizations to conform to these new standards.
So, what are the consequences of being out of compliance with WCAG 2.0?
In California alone, 115 website accessibility lawsuits were filed in 2017 under the state’s non-discrimination laws. Don’t risk the litigation.
So how can you ensure your websites meet the Section 508 requirements? Automated tools are not enough to avoid a lawsuit. You need a comprehensive digital content audit. And PTP can help.
We use a combination of automated and manual techniques to assess the compliance of all your digital content to Section 508 and WCAG 2.0. Our audits include:
- Detailed findings and recommendations by page and digital content type
- Detailed global findings and recommendations (issues that apply to entire website, web application or mobile application)
- A comprehensive report with findings and recommendations and an Executive Summary
When working to ensure your digital content is compliant, you need to choose a partner who has deep expertise in not only Section 508 and WCAG 2.0, but also in the skills and technical know-how to effectively remediate the compliance issues.
It’s one thing to have help identifying your compliance issues. But then what’s next? You need someone who can then deliver best-practice remediation services.
That’s where we’re different. We not only do the discovery, but we help you implement the changes. We have hands-on experience delivering accessible, world-class self-service solutions to our clients, and our expertise can help you become Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliant.
The best approach to an accessible user experience is to integrate accessibility into the design and development processes.
When it’s a practice of the business partners and development teams, and when accessible features and functionality are built into the requirements, design, content, and code, the result is an application that is accessible and usable for everyone.
With our Program Improvement Services, PTP reviews your current Software Development Life Cycles (SDLCs) and procurement processes and identifies gaps to achieving compliance.
We define requirements for the future state, not just the current, so you have peace of mind for the future. We also develop or update the accessibility program’s communication and governance plan for the management and operation of the future state.
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