Web Accessibility

Noun | web ac·ces·si·bil·ity

Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites and applications by people with disabilities. When websites are correctly designed and developed, all users will have equal access to their information and functionality.

About ADA Compliance

In 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This update to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has consistently been interpreted by U.S. courts to apply to digital content including websites, applications, and documents.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are a series of technical guidelines designed to measure digital accessibility. WCAG 2.1 A & AA is the current technical standard used to measure ADA compliance and Section 508 compliance. Criterion’s Web Accessibility Solutions Criterion provides our clients with the necessary manual testing, training, technical support, consulting and documentation required to achieve and maintain long-term web accessibility compliance.

Criterion’s premium web accessibility testing services start at $15K and include the following:

  1. Manual Web Accessibility Testing

    Four of Criterion’s expert WCAG auditors, including end-users with disabilities and a senior applications developer, test all unique web pages (not just a small sample) and upload their audit results into our customized JIRA portal for client access.

    The following assistive technologies are utilized during Criterion’s web accessibility testing process:

    • Screen Readers
    • Screen Magnifiers
    • Color Contrast Analyzers
    • Speech to Text and Text to Speech Software
    • Keyboard Only and Alternative Keyboard Devices, etc.
  2. Automated Web Accessibility Testing

    Criterion conducts two rounds of automated testing using the industry’s leading web accessibility testing software!

    Note: Human judgment and assistive technologies are required to test the majority of WCAG guidelines. Web accessibility testing software and plugins often produce false or misleading results. Web accessibility testing software and plugins cannot determine web accessibility compliance.

  3. Web Accessibility Training

    Criterion’s online web accessibility training courses are designed to provide your development staff with the knowledge needed to create and maintain ADA compliant websites, applications, mobile apps or documents. Our online web accessibility training courses include:
    • “Introduction - Understanding Web Accessibility”
    • “Introduction - Designing for Web Accessibility”
    • “Advanced - WCAG Testing & Repair Techniques”
    • “Advanced - Mobile Accessibility Testing & Repair Techniques”
    • “Advanced - PDF Accessibility Testing & Repair”
    • “Advanced - Creating Accessible Word Documents”
  4. Web Accessibility Tool Kit Development

    Criterion will create customized recommendations for your acquisition of accessibility tools, plugins and assistive technologies based on your specific development environment.
  5. Web Accessibility Technical Support

    Criterion’s expert application development team will provide your development with web accessibility technical support and troubleshooting.
  6. Compliance Consulting Diagram

    ADA Compliance Consulting

    Criterion’s ADA compliance consultants will provide guidance to your management and legal staff concerning industry trends and organizational changes required to maintain long-term ADA compliance.
  7. ADA Compliance Documentation

    Upon project completion, Criterion will provide you with the following documentation:
    • Customized Website Accessibility Statement
    • Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
    • Vendor WCAG Compliance Form

Mobile Accessibility

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The best approach to mobile accessibility is to incorporate WCAG accessibility principles at the earliest design stages of development, e.g., wireframes, mockups, user specification documents, etc. Criterion’s mobile accessibility team ensures our client’s mobile applications meet ADA compliance and Section 508 requirements.

Mobile Accessibility Expertise:

  • Native iOS & Android Accessibility
  • Responsive Accessibility
  • Mobile Web Accessibility
  • Hybrid Apps Accessibility
  • Mobile Accessibility Training

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