ADA Website Testing & Auditing

ADA & Sect 508 Website Compliance Testing Starts With A WCAG Audit

The Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) is the defacto guideline for ADA and Section 508 compliance. The best practice for maximum web accessibility and legal protection is to perform a 3 step website accessibility audit. Whether you need section 508 or ADA complaince website testing, our audits are performed by web accessibility experts with years of experience providing thorough WCAG audits.

A few quick points to be aware of:

  • There is no quick and cheap solution. No ADA testing software or WCAG plugins will fix this.
  • The risk is real and growing, and not expected to go away. Especially not with this government!
  • There are two parts to the process: Website WCAG Audit and Remediation. 

But first, where are you in the lifecycle of your website? Has your website been refreshed in the past 4 years? No? Then save your money on ADA or 508 auditing and remediation, and invest in a fresh WCAG compliant web site built by web accessibility designers and developers specializing in 508 / ADA complaint websites.

 

If you’re set with your current site and want to move ahead with Auditing & Remediation, here is what that looks like:

  

WCAG ADA / Sect 508 Website Auditing

To ensure that people with disabilities can access your website and its content, and to reduce legal exposure, we offer two levels web accessibility testing.

    

1. 360° WEB ACCESSIBILITY AUDIT & REMEDIATION GUIDE REPORT

This package provides the most comprehensive web accessibility audit, and the most useful reporting guide for remediation. It follows best practices for ADA and Section 508 website auditing.

 

360° WEB ACCESSIBILITY AUDIT

1. Automated WCAG Testing

In this process we will use multiple systems to thoroughly test the site. We start by using top industry software for site-wide testing and issue documentation. While software is effective in catching the broad volume of issues, software is “dumb” and can only identify ~26% of issue types. Software alone cannot provide thourough web accessibility and WCAG compliance auditing.

2. Manual WCAG Testing 

All templates and unique pages are identified and tested so that systemic errors can be identified and remediation applied across the entire system in an efficient manner. In addition to manual developer review of code, we use color contrast analyzers, code inspections tools, and MSAA Inspector, which exposes the communication between the application and the Accessibility API layer, which then translates information to the screen readers.

3. Assistive Technology Testing 

 The third and final step of the testing process. At this point, the majority of the issues have been identified. But here we put ourselves into the position of the disabled individual and navigate through core use cases on the site, identified in previous testing (logins, account setup, contact form, etc.). In so doing, we identify the particular pain points that various Assistive technologies (ATs) have within an experience. The ATs used for this testing include JAWS, NVDA, Zoom Text, and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

 

360° WEB ACCESSIBILITY REMEDIATION GUIDE REPORT

The key value of the audit is the resulting reporting. Here, we not only report on what's wrong, we show how to fix it. Its more than an audit, its a remediation guide that's designed specifically for designers, developers, and content managers to efficiently remediate the website.

 

 

2. PRIORITY AUTOMATED WEB ACCESSIBILITY AUDIT

Many take a phased approach to web accessibility starting with an automate audit. Using top industry software we will scan the entire website and provide reporting that will identify issues and provide remediation guidance for each.

The volume of issues that typically come from a website audit can be overwhelming. This service takes the output of our auditing software and provides a level of analysis to establish priorities. We break down the audit into 5 priority categories, and then segment issues in each category into 5 subsequent levels based on severity. This way you can best proceed with remediation based on priority.