Section 508 Compliance

Section 508 Compliance

Criterion’s Section 508 compliance 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 team of
experts.

What is Section 508 Compliance?

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. The law (29 U.S.C § 794 (d)) applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information comparable to the access available to others. Source: GSA Section508.gov 

Section 508 Web Accessibility Is Not Rocket Science... It's WCAG!

The requirements for Section 508 are a subset of rules contained in WCAG 2.1 A & AA.  WCAG 2.1 includes three levels of compliance that vary in difficulty.  With this, we frequently answer whether specific standards are applicable.  Through our 23 years of experience in the compliance arena, you can guarantee we have seen and heard it all.  Our job is to understand the laws so we can make it easy for you and your team to do the easy work of making the repairs necessary.  Look at our processes and staff, and you will understand that having a partner in Section 508 compliance goes a long way.

After Section 508 Testing is Completed

WCAG Monitoring Services

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 by providing regular monitoring services.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)

If it isn’t written, it isn’t compliance! Criterion’s 30-page Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) documents your organization’s due diligence by detailing Criterion’s testing methodology and final WCAG test results. In-house DIY solutions may solve some WCAG accessibility issues, but there is no replacement for a professional and independent audit report by Criterion!

WCAG eLearning Courses

Once our team confirms compliance, we offer training to your new employees to keep your development and management teams informed of rules and best practices.  By completing our courses, everyone on your team will know how to maintain WCAG compliance To purchase seat licenses, visit: WCAG eLearning Courses

Management Support

Included in Criterion’s testing service is a full year of management support.  Our dedicated professionals will answer 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.

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