ADA & WCAG Web Accessibility Resources

WEB ACCESSIBILITY BLOGS & NEWS

WebAxe - blog and podcast on web accessibility

WebAIM Blog - WebAIM, makers of WAVE tester

Seyfeth & Shaw - ADA Title III legal blog

Hunt Huey - AccessDefense legal blog

Understanding the ADA - William Goren, legal consultant blog

Chris Hofstader - Vocal accessibility activist & software engineer @ Freedom Scientific (lead dev of JAWS screen reader) - his blog is very entertaining

 

ADA WCAG 2.0 BACKGROUND & GUIDELINES

ADA.gov

W3C WCAG 2.0

WebAIM : very complete WCAG checklist

 

WEB ACCESSIBILITY AUDITING & TESTING TOOLS FOR DESIGNERS & DEVELOPERS

Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) by Level Access (formerly SSB Bart)

  • Enterprise level
  • Very thorough and used by remediation experts
  • Very expensive

WordSpace by Deque (pronounced D-Q)

  • Enterprise level
  • Very thorough and used by remediation experts
  • Very expensive
  • They also offer a free in-line testing extension for Firefox and Chrome for developers called aXe (replaced FireEyes)

(AMP and WordSpace tend to go back and forth between 1st and 2nd place)

 

Wave : Accessibility Compliance Validator - Free

  • Page by page - not an "auditing tool".
  • Issues are overlaid on page
  • Good for non technical people (good for showing the boss for buy-in)

 

Tenon.io : Accessibility Compliance Auditor 

  • Multi-page audits and reporting 
  • Great for developers
  • API
  • Monthly rates as low as $19/mo

 

SortSite Accessibility Validator by Power Mapper

  • They offer two versions: Desktop ($149-$849/user) and Cloud ($49/mo/user)
  • Checks an entire site and provides Excel and Word reports
  • WCAG 2.0 117 tests at A, AA, and AAA levels

 

Colour Contrast Analyser (yes, its spelled that way) by The Peciello Group and JUn

PC and Mac versions allow designers to test for proper contrast and color blindness.

 

"No Coffee" Vision Simulator Chrome Plugin simulates how pages appear for people with various vision issues.