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The Criterion Advantage
For more than 16 years, Criterion 508 Solutions, Inc. has provided web accessibility compliance solutions to over 1,000 customers, including dozens of Fortune 500 corporations. Criterion offers the industry’s most competitively priced solutions to ensure compliance with applicable accessibility laws, standards and guidelines, including the ADA, WCAG, Section 508, Section 504, AODA, CVAA and EU Mandate 376. Additionally, Criterion has worked with leading platform vendors, assistive technology vendors, regulatory agencies and public sector organizations to continually refine and improve our accessibility testing methodology.
Web Accessibility is Our Focus
Criterion’s only focus is web accessibility testing and organizational training. Our goal is to help our customers make their websites WCAG and Section 508 compliant as quickly as possible. We realize other firms want to set up protracted consulting contracts to increase their billable hours, but not Criterion. Although we offer our customers a wealth of web accessibility consulting expertise and world class training program, we feel our customers can avail themselves of those services after they have brought their websites into WCAG and Section 508 compliance. Web accessibility is a very complex web development sub-specialty, requiring in-depth expertise with disabilities, assistive technologies, U.S. & international standards and contracting requirements. Criterion’s job is to bring this unique expertise to every customer’s project.
The Best Choice in Every Way
With a comprehensive suite of web accessibility solutions designed to support successful web accessibility project initiatives, Criterion helps our customers comply with web accessibility mandates by providing industry leading subject matter experts, end-users with disabilities testing, automated HTML validation, online training programs, organizational consulting and fanatical customer support!
- Every audit team consists of at least five WCAG experts and end-users with disabilities who are responsible for manually testing All unique web pages, not just a small sample.
- Every audit utilizes five different assistive technologies, not just one or two.
- Every project includes ELearning based training for our customer’s project managers, web developers, QA testers and content developers.
- Every audit includes automated HTML validation scanning.
- Every customer is assigned a dedicated SME, who is available nights, weekends and holidays, to assist with technical support and troubleshooting.
- Every customer receives extensive Section 508 and WCAG compliance documentation.
- Every customer is offered the most competitive pricing in the industry, often resulting in a savings of 25% to 50% over other firms!
Industry Stability and Growth
Criterion has experienced steady and continuous growth since 2001. We have maintained our vision to employ and advocate for people with disabilities in an industry where a disability is a skill set others cannot attend college to learn. The majority of our employees have been with Criterion for over 10 years. Long term employment of accessibility consultants and testers ensures continuity on all projects. With Criterion, the team members you work with today will be the same team members you work with tomorrow.
It All About Referrals
The vast majority of Criterion’s new business comes to us from referrals by our existing customers. Criterion has worked with enterprise class clients including major financial institutions, retailers, government agencies, health care provider, insurance companies and technology firms. It is gratifying to know the majority of our customers have retained Criterion repeatedly over the years.
Our high rate of referrals is due in large part to our determination to help our client’s reach full WCAG and Section 508 compliance. Some of our competitors don’t attempt full compliance because their testing methodology of sampling only a small number of website pages for testing is ineffective. Because Criterion insists on testing all website pages during our auditing process, we are able to identify all WCAG and Section 508 failures on behalf of our customers.
Furthermore, our projects are designed to ensure knowledge transfer. With every project we provide training, extensive documentation, subject matter experts and monitoring solutions. When Criterion completes a project, our client’s website is not only WCAG and Section 508 compliant, but our customer’s web development team now has the expertise to maintain accessibility compliance over time.
Advocacy for People with Disabilities
From day one, Criterion has advocated for the employment of people with disabilities. We have worked closely with non-profit groups, government agencies and our customers to advocate for the employment of people with disabilities. Consequently, Criterion has been honored to receive many awards for our work on behalf of people with disabilities, including:
- Recognized by Joint Resolution - State of Iowa Legislature
- Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities
- Innovator of the Year Award - Worldwide Electronic Document Systems Association