508 Compliant Website Design
WebpageFX offers Section 508 Compliance web site development solutions for government, government contractors, businesses, non-profit entities and the private sector to ensure your organization's website is meeting the standards set by the Federal government. Our team includes skilled web designers and expert accessibility analysts with extensive development backgrounds and the technical insight needed when developing or testing Section 508-compliant web-based content.
Having a clear understanding of the accessibility requirements and the knowledge to translate the requirements into technical solutions is essential when building a 508-compliant website. WebpageFX has expert knowledge of how people with disabilities interact with information technology and we are well-versed in the requirements within the Section 508 legislation.
WebpageFX doesn't just provide a website that all users can effectively access. We design your website with forward-compatibility, ensuring that as browsers continue to evolve, your website remains constantly functional for all visitors.
About our 508 and ADA Compliant Web Design Services
At WebpageFX, we offer two different options for producing a 508 compliant website. Along with the option of implementing our recommendations for you, we also offer a cost-effective, do-it-yourself (DIY) option. With this option, we will analyze and evaluate your organization's website for compliance standards and provide a full report of the 508-compliance site audit we perform. Based on this analysis, we will determine and outline what requirements are met in addition to outlining our recommendations for improvement and enhanced accessibility.
When employing our 508 compliant services and opting for the DIY option, WebpageFX will also provide copywriting services for images and meta tags. By writing these for you, WebpageFX ensures 508-compliant, lucid verbiage with images that are able to be read by screen readers and understood by your intended audience.
We will also act as a Section 508 consultant to answer any questions you have throughout the process. That way, you're in the loop on every step of creating your 508 compliant website.
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What is 508 Compliance?
The Section 508 legislation is an amendment to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, signed into law by President Clinton in 1998. This amendment requires the information technology of Federal Agencies, including websites, to be accessible to those with disabilities. The burden is on the Federal Agency to maintain the website and ensure users with disabilities have access to and use of information comparable to that of the general public. While the experience may not be exactly the same, all users must be able to access the same information, including images and media files, as well as perform common tasks, such as making a purchase or filling out a form on your site.
If you are a federal institution or a direct vendor to the Federal government, your business must comply with federally regulated guidelines for Section 508, including web site accessibility. WebpageFX 508 Compliance solutions, also called ADA compliant solutions, meet all the accessibility requirements outlined in this legislation. In knowing how to satisfy these conditions, we are able to provide exceptional websites that adhere to the requirements of this act.
While not mandated for the general public, having a 508-compliant site increases your base of potential customers. Roughly 19% of the population is living with some type of disability, and ensuring your site is accessible to this population is certainly to your company or organization's benefit. Don't miss out on potential sales because your site is not accessible to 19% of the population. That's where section 508 web page design comes into play. Even if your website is strictly consumer-based and 508-compliance is not a requirement for you, we can help you make certain you're reaching all of your potential customers!
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Legal Issues for Non-Compliant Sites
Although federal agencies have been required to make their sites accessible to people with disabilities since 1998, it was not until fairly recently that anyone took action against non-compliant sites. This changed when the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) started bringing attention to the issue.
In the past few years, they’ve filed Section 508 lawsuits against several major agencies and businesses, including the Small Business Administration, the Social Security Administration, and the US Department of Education.
These federal agencies’ sites were all inaccessible to blind Internet users and prevented them from filling out forms and accessing certain information.
The National Association for the Deaf (NAD) has also taken action on the issue, and filed lawsuits against Harvard University and MIT in 2015. These were two of the first complaints filed against educational institutions, but because they receive federal funding, they were required to have Section 508 compliant sites.
In some cases, privately-owned businesses and corporations have also been subject to accessibility lawsuits. In 2006, for example, the NFB, NFB of California, and a blind college student filed a lawsuit against Target Corporation.
Target’s site was inaccessible to blind users, and did not allow them to access information or make purchases. This violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the court ruled in favor for the NFB.
This set a precedent for online retailers, and as this becomes more of a well-known issue, there are likely to be similar lawsuits in the future for ecommerce sites that are inaccessible to customers with disabilities.
In fact, some individual citizens have started filing their own lawsuits over ADA violations in recent years. Between 2012 and 2015, one blind man in Beaver County filed 66 lawsuits against various businesses with inaccessible sites – and has “reached confidential settlements” with every single one.
The companies he sued ranged from clothing retailers to banks to auto repair shops, demonstrating that regardless of industry, any business could be at risk for lawsuits over ADA violations.
WebpageFX Meets 508 Accessibility Standards
We will evaluate your site page-by-page ensuring any and all accessibility requirements are fulfilled, making sure any visitor to your site who lives with a disability has the means necessary to experience your site in its entirety. Our thorough approach will leave you with a 508 compliance website that is accessible, attractive, and engaging for any viewer.
Front End Design Evaluations: Visible and Accessible Web Design
Having a design that is focused on the visitor typically requires making sure the flow of navigation and organization of your website meets end-user expectations. We will analyze the layout and navigation of your site to ensure it satisfies user requirements. Additionally, we will make sure the pages and design elements within your site are visible and accessible to all users.
Web Content Audit for 508 Compliance
In order to ensure your site encompasses 508-compliant web accessible content, we will assess all information, images and other media files within your site. In addition, we will verify all users have the ability to make purchases and complete online forms successfully.
Our 508 Compliance Web Design Accessibility Services
WebpageFX will evaluate the following and implement recommendations based on 508 compliance requirements:
- Page by page analysis
- Web browser testing
- Copywriting services
- Screen reader testing
- Accessibility audit
- Web form audit
- Media files transcription audit
Our strategy for website 508 compliance leaves no stone unturned to ensure we tackle everything from the big picture down to the smallest details.
Need to ensure your website has 508 compliant web design? Call 888.449.3239 or contact us online to learn more about how a 508 compliant website can benefit your organization.