The Web Accessibility Process
The Web Accessibility Process
AKEA’s Web Accessibility Consulting Process
You may hear the phrase web accessibility and wonder how an organization can implement and be assured of accessibility on their website and advertise themselves as conforming to accessibility standards and guidelines. More often than not, organizations contract third-party web accessibility consulting firms, like our team at AKEA Web Solutions, to confirm that their website is in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, all of which require websites to be accessible to individuals with disabilities.
When barriers are present within your website, limiting individuals from accessing all of its content, your organization is at risk of facing a civil rights violation. In addition, you are preventing a large population from having equal access to important content. In order to alleviate that risk and ensure equality, partnering with an experienced web accessibility consulting firm and establishing a thorough communication plan is the key to success.
Step 2: The Remediation Process
Review Audit Results and Develop the Corrective Action Plan
Following the web accessibility audit process, your organization will collaborate with AKEA Web Solutions through our technical teams, with either internal or contracted technical teams. A comprehensive analysis of audit findings will be provided, along with a detailed report outlining all areas where web accessibility issues were identified. Through the development of a Corrective Action Plan, high-impact issues will be noted and prioritized for remediation according to what changes can have the biggest impact most rapidly.
Implementation of the Corrective Action Plan
Following this process, AKEA Web Solutions will sit down with you to further discuss our findings, providing an in-depth review and allowing you an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have. When you work with our team, you can be confident that no question will be left unanswered. All proposed solutions must be approved before moving forward and once all issues are reviewed and suggested repairs are agreed upon, AKEA Web Solutions will work with you to develop a detailed plan to address these identified web accessibility issues going forward. Rather than just communication the problems are, we will provide guidance on how to fix these issues, as well as an estimation of resources that are required to address these needs.
Remediation, Review and QA
AKEA Web Solutions makes education and informing on accessibility concepts a priority throughout the accessibility process. As repairs are completed, they will be implemented in production, otherwise known as a live environment. By introducing them to a live environment, we can monitor usage and determine that no issues have arisen. Once all repairs have been completed, we will complete a final review to verify your website is in compliance with universally accepted website guidelines, such as WCAG 2.1, as well as government-issued guidelines, such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Once the final review is complete and the website is deemed compliant, AKEA Web Solutions will issue a document regarding the website’s accessibility, otherwise known as a Letter of Compliance, which summarizes the types of features and level of compliance that was achieved in order to conform to accessibility standards and guidelines. A WCAG 2.1 Conformance Claim will also be provided within the letter, which indicates that your website meets WCAG 2.1 success criteria. By publishing this conformance claim, you can let your current and prospective clients know that you have taken proactive measures to provide for equal online experience for individuals with disabilities.
From Start to Finish, AKEA Provides a Complete Solution
Web accessibility is an important requirement of owning and maintaining a website; when your organization can be put at risk by instances of noncompliance, you want to have the comfort of knowing you have the right team supporting you. In some cases of web accessibility noncompliance, a civil rights violation can occur, which can lead to a letter of complaint or even a lawsuit. You cannot afford for steps to be skipped along the road to web accessibility compliance.
There is no doubt that the accessibility process is a rigorous one and, at AKEA Web Solutions, we’re here to act as your trusted partner every step of the way. With our organization of trained professionals, with over a decade of web accessibility experience, we are the right team for you. We offer our in-depth perspective and knowledge regarding ADA, WCAG 2.1 and Section 508 standards and can provide a comprehensive education and a worry-free process. Allow us to help you throughout the entire web accessibility process. Contact AKEA Web Solutions today to begin your successful path toward web accessibility compliance.