ADA Compliance for Public Websites

Every website should be fully functional and usable for every person that visits. Such access is especially important with public sector sites, such as those for schools and government.

Universal Design calls for the development of information systems flexible enough to accommodate the needs of the broadest range of users of computers, regardless of age or disability. No one should ever feel unwelcome.

ADA Compliance in Websites

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines for the Web cover aspects of Web accessibility that include the look and feel of each page and alternate text for images. ADA-compliant features are included in your site and application plans.

Section 508

The Section 508 Amendment requires federal and federally funded agencies provide people with disabilities easy access to electronic and information technology. Some non-Federal agencies, while not legally required to be 508 compliant, may also wish to meet these outlines, especially if the agency provides public services or their target market includes a high amount of people with disabilities. 360Civic can accommodate all Section 508 requirements.

WCAG 2.0

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to an even wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities and photosensitivity. We’ll work with you to make sure these are met as well.

For all of these requirements, there are minimum standards that can be satisfied, but 360Civic is more concerned with creating sites that are truly usable for everyone. The content management system (CMS) plays a key role in this with how it creates reader pages and alt tags, and automatically maintains contrast and readability standards.

As government offices and other public sector entities increasingly depend on the internet for programs and services, accessible web design becomes even more significant. It also saves resources since documents can be made available, requests for ADA Alternate Document Formats can be satisfied, and internet/intranet access for employees with disabilities can be provided.

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