ADA and Section 508 compliance are always part of our RFP response, and a significant factor in website design and content development.
However, we understand that many public sector sites were not created with these guidelines in mind, or have not been updated to keep pace with new accessibility standards, including those that went into effect in 2017.
Available Now: Website ADA Compliance Testing
If you have any concerns or uncertainty about your site’s compliance, our ADA experts can answer your questions.
This program is ideal for:
- Web managers
- Communication officers
- Managers responsible for public websites
Our ADA experts will conduct a thorough review of every aspect of your website and online presence, and meet with you to review the results.
Strategies and Best Practices for Accountability
We’ll explain what you need to know about the legal requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
We will then review the common pervasive issues on your website, as well as the best ways to fix them. This will likely include:
- File naming convention for document files and URLs
- PDF documents
- Social media content
ADA Website Compliance Training/Maintenance
360Civic will provide guidance on how to spot and fix common accessibility issues, and train content creators for ongoing governance.
We also offer a maintenance/monitoring service that regularly evaluates your site so that any changes/updates will be checked for compliance.
We've created a whitepaper that focuses on the strategy of ADA compliance, usability and related laws, and how they apply to design and user experience. Download ADA for Public Sector Websites: Why Compliance is Essential And What is Required to Achieve It.
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.
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.
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.