ADA Website Accessibility

In 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This update to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has consistently been interpreted by U.S. courts to apply to digital content including websites, applications, mobile apps, and PDFs. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are technical guidelines referenced when testing for ADA website accessibility. Today, WCAG 2.1 A & AA is considered the minimum standard for ADA website compliance.

Manual Accessibility Testing vs. Automated Accessibility Testing

Did you know automated accessibility testing can only capture 17% to 19% of WCAG guideline failures?

During the past 20 years, Criterion has provided our clients with the most rigorous WCAG testing available because we specialize in manual accessibility testing by both experts with disabilities and the industry’s foremost WCAG web developers! As a result, our clients have significantly reduced their exposure to future legal liabilities associated with non-compliant websites or applications.

Video: Disabilities & Barriers to Accessibility: Screen Readers

To help you better understand a few basic website accessibility testing techniques and barriers faced by people with visual disabilities when accessing non-compliant websites, review the following video from Criterion’s award-winning online course: “Advanced – WCAG Testing & Repair Techniques” (8 min.)

The Criterion Advantage

Compare our premium website accessibility testing and training solutions to our competitors!

  1. Manual Accessibility Testing:

    Four WCAG testers, including expert end-users with disabilities and senior application developers, manually test all unique web pages (not just a small sample) and upload their accessibility test results to our customized online portal for client access. The following assistive technologies are utilized during Criterion’s manual website accessibility testing process:

    • Screen readers
    • Screen magnifiers
    • Speech to text software
    • Keyboard only navigation
    • Automated scanning software
    • Color contrast analyzers, etc.
  2. Automated Accessibility Testing:

    We conduct automated website accessibility testing by using the industry’s leading WCAG testing software!

  3. Web Accessibility Training:

    Our award-winning online web accessibility training is designed to provide your project team with the knowledge needed to maintain long-term WCAG, ADA & Section 508 compliant websites, applications, mobile apps, and PDF documents.

  4. Accessibility Testing Tools:

    Our WCAG experts provide your project team with recommendations for best-in-class web accessibility testing tools, plugins and assistive technologies best suited for your specific development environment.

  5. WCAG Support:

    Our expert application developers will provide WCAG support as your project team makes repairs to your website, application or mobile app.

  6. Mobile Accessibility:

    Our dedicated Mobile Apps Team specializes in mobile accessibility testing. Mobile accessibility testing requires a different testing methodology than website accessibility testing due to accessibility limitations presented by mobile devices and operating systems. Criterion Mobile Apps Team specializes in WCAG accessibility testing for:

    • Native iOS & Android
    • Hybrid Apps
    • Responsive
  7. Web Accessibility Certification (ADA & WCAG):

    Upon project completion, we will provide the following web accessibility certification documents:

    • ADA Website Certification
    • WCAG 2.1 Certification
    • Website Accessibility Statement
    • Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
    • Vendor Management Forms

For more information about our ADA compliance solutions, contact us.