Section 508 Compliance

In 1998 the US Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information and communications technologies (ICT), to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of ICT that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use ICT. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), agencies must give employees with disabilities and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are technical guidelines referenced when testing website, applications and PDF documents for Section 508 compliance. Today, WCAG 2.1 A & AA is considered the minimum standard for Section 508 compliance.

About Criterion

During the past 20 years, Criterion has assisted more than 2,000 government agencies and contractors to obtain long-term Section 508 compliance via our premium Section 508 compliance services. Criterion offers Section 508 testing from a “real world” perspective by including expert WCAG testers with disabilities on every audit team. At Criterion, we believe the best way to ensure your website, application, mobile apps, and PDF documents are Section 508 compliant is to ask our experts with disabilities!

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 non-compliant websites or applications.

Video: Testing Website Accessibility Using Keyboard and NVDA

To help you better understand a few basic Section 508 accessibility testing techniques and barriers faced by people with visual disabilities when accessing non-compliant web sites and/or applications, review the following video from Criterion’s award-winning online course: “Advanced – WCAG Testing & Repair Techniques” (13 min.)

The Criterion Advantage Checklist

Compare Criterion’s premium Section 508 Compliance solutions to our competitors!

  • Section 508 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 Section 508 testing process:

    • Screen readers
    • Screen magnifiers
    • Speech to text software
    • Keyboard only navigation
    • Automated scanning software
    • Color contrast analyzers, etc.
  • Section 508 Automated Accessibility Testing:

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

  • Section 508 Compliance 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.

  • 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.

  • WCAG Support:

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

  • 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
  • PDF Accessibility:

    Our PDF accessibility remediation experts repair over 1 million pages of documentation each year for government agencies and contractors! With an average of 13 years of PDF accessibility testing experience, our clients can count on us for fast and accurate PDF accessibility services! Our PDF accessibility services include:

    • PDF Accessibility Testing & Repair
    • PDF Accessibility Training Courses
  • Section 508 VPAT Template:

    Upon project completion, we will provide the following Section 508 compliance documentation:

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

For more information about our Section 508 compliance solutions, contact us.