An accessibility certification, or Letter of Conformance, is a dated document that outlines the level of compliance with WCAG 2.1 and Section 508 guidelines. In order to make a conformance claim, there shall be no violations to WCAG 2.1 success criteria, put in place by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The W3C is an international community that works collaboratively with professionals from many companies and institutions to establish web standards.
There are different types of web accessibility certifications, but at AKEA Web Solutions, our primary focus is on the issuance of a Letter of Conformance. While a conformance letter may fall under the certificate category, it is not necessarily a “certificate”, but rather an endorsement that your digital environment has been audited, with verification that compliance issues have been addressed. Out of all of the certification options, a Letter of Conformance is the most thorough type of claim, which is why AKEA Web Solutions only issues this form of web accessibility certification for complying with ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 standards.
The W3C provides guidelines in order to make claims of conformance; however, with other forms of accessibility certifications or such as a statement of certification, there is no official “certifying body” that endorses compliance. Because of this, a statement cannot be officially verified. As a result, a compliance web accessibility certification for ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 standards is not necessarily enough for an organization to advertise compliance, due to the lack of oversight. Without a certifying body, a compliance certificate has no true value, which is why at AKEA Web Solutions, our chief interest is in the documentation of the true effort, rigorous analysis and remediation activities that took place to remove barriers from your digital environment.
Contact AKEA Web Solutions for professional services to help you achieve web accessibility compliance. Talk to our experts at (517) 940-4615 or email us at email@example.com for more information.