Section 508 Compliance

What We Do

Since 2001, Criterion has performed more than 2,500 WCAG compliance audits for Fortune 500 corporations, mid-sized & small businesses, and government agencies. In addition to Section 508 Compliance, Criterion also specializes in ADA website compliance and Canada ACA & AODA compliance for:


Web Applications

Mobile Apps


What is Section 508 Compliance?

Section 508 requires that when federal agencies or recipients of federal funding develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, federal employees with disabilities must have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities.  Additionally, Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a federal agency, must have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities.

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board published a final rule that jointly updates requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 v2 standards apply to electronic and information technology procured or funded by the federal government, including ICT hardware, software, websites, web applications, mobile apps, multimedia such as videos, electronic documents (PDFs), etc.

What is WCAG Compliance?

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are technical guidelines developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) with the goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally. A website or application that is WCAG compliant will satisfy most requirements for ADA Title III, Section 508, Canada ACA & AODA, and EU compliance.

“Real World” Section 508 Testing

Criterion specializes in “Real World” Section 508 Testing by including two senior application developers and three expert auditors with disabilities on every WCAG audit team!

Section 508 Compliance Target

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

A website or application that is WCAG compliant will satisfy most requirements for Section 508 compliance. Today, WCAG 2.1 A & AA is considered the minimum standard for Section 508 compliance.

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Advanced WCAG Online Training Courses Available!

Criterion’s advanced WCAG online training courses are written by our subject-matter experts who have decades of Section 508 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.

  • Course #1:  “Introduction – Understanding Web Accessibility”
  • Course #2:  “Advanced – WCAG Testing & Repair Techniques”
  • Course #3:  “Advanced – Creating Accessible Word & PDF Documents”
  • Course #4: “Advanced – Mobile WCAG Testing & Repair Techniques”

Our Clients Include

The Business of Section 508 Compliance

Successful long-term Section 508 compliance requires both technical modifications to a web application and changes to the business processes involved in the management of the application. While our competitors focus entirely on the technical aspects of WCAG compliance, Criterion also provides management consulting to assist our clients with Section 508 best practices in the following areas:

Accessibility Tools Selection

Govt. Contract Support & VPATs

Vendor Management Support

WCAG Legal Support

Advanced WCAG Training

Marketing Accessibility

Corporate Communications

Web Accessibility Statements