We employ accessibility experts who dedicate to fighting for you. Not just to get your project compliant, but to keep it that way. As a result, our team focuses on creating the best experience possible for your customers. In addition, our team has been hand-selected because of their expertise in disability testing. From being participants in writing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to team members with disabilities, we ensure our auditors are the best equipped to achieve success at the highest levels. In doing this, we have created an unbeatable group of experts.
What we test for:
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Part of Criterion’s testing does consist of the latest accessibility scanning technology. Because of this, we can do what our competition does – only better. In addition to scanning, our hands-on approach means: our auditors test every page of your project. If you don’t see this value, try scanning your project with two different automated scanners. The difference in results indicates that a source of truth and guidance is needed to help navigate this otherwise confusing process.
From the beginning of our relationship with clients, we pride ourselves on being a white-glove service that offers what no one else can. We are a passionate team that leads, trains, and helps you with your web accessibility needs.
You’ve probably heard the terms: WCAG 2.1, ACA Compliance, and AODA Compliance. The truth is, there is quite a bit of overlap between websites and apps.
The Accessible Canada Act (ACA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is similar Canadian laws created to enable full and equal participation for anyone with a disability, without limitation. Although AODA is specific to the Province of Ontario, both rules state that website compliance guidelines follow WCAG 2.0 AA.
Once our team of experts has tested and confirmed any repairs to your website or app, Criterion goes the extra mile to ensure your long-term compliance. We focus on helping you to maintain your status.
Criterion’s VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) is issued. Your status tells the world, ‘We care about compliance’ and ‘We are following the laws to the best of our ability.’ DIY solutions may solve some issues, but there is no replacement for a certified audit. Once our team confirms compliance, we offer training to keep your development and management teams informed of rules and best practices. By completing our courses, your team will know how to maintain good standing.
Included in Criterion’s testing service is a full year of management support. Our dedicated professionals will cater to legal or compliance questions for an entire year. We always remind our clients that any change made to a website or app (regardless of size) could remove your site from accessibility compliance. Because of this, it is essential to have a trained staff, scheduled audits, and a support team of professionals.
Each law defines the requirements for both ACA & AODA as WCAG 2.0 AA standards. Although there are three different levels of WCAG (A, AA, and AAA), AAA is sometimes impossible to achieve due to existing technology limitations. So, yes, there is a newer standard available in WCAG 2.1. However, both sets of Canadian laws still adhere to the 2.0 principles. The good part is that WCAG 2.1 AA covers everything in 2.0 with additions. Therefore, if you were to be WCAG 2.1 AA compliant as an app or website, you would also meet the requirements of these laws.
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Criterion’s advanced WCAG online training courses are written by our subject-matter experts who have decades of website and web application accessibility compliance testing experience. Our courses are designed to provide clients with the knowledge required to create and maintain WCAG compliant websites, mobile apps, web applications, Word & PDF documents, email, and social media posts.
Successful long-term ACA and AODA compliance requires both technical modifications to a website and changes to the business processes involved in the management of the site. While our competitors focus entirely on the technical aspects of ACA and AODA compliance, Criterion also provides management consulting to assist our clients with ACA and AODA best practices in the following areas: