Common questions

What is a 508 compliant website?

What is a 508 compliant website?

508 Compliance is shorthand for a law that requires federal government websites to be safe and accessible for people with disabilities. This law covers a range of issues related to assisting people with different kinds of disabilities.

How do I make my website 508 compliant?

6 Tips to Make Your Website ADA Compliant

  1. Review the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).
  2. Conduct an audit of your site using a WAVE Web Accessibility Tool.
  3. Make sure your images have descriptive alt tags.
  4. Review your website’s styles and elements, such as headings, buttons and links.

Is my website Section 508 compliant?

Since Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 only applies to federal agencies, the short answer is no. However, other laws do apply, and the bottom line is that your website is likely required to be accessible.

What is included in 508 compliance?

Any and all digital communications that a company under Section 508 jurisdiction creates must be 508 compliant. This includes website content, emails, computer software, gaming systems, apps, and PDF versions of traditionally printed assets. PDFs require 508 remediation as they are not accessible by screen readers.

How do I prove 508 compliance?

There are several ways to validate conformance to the Revised 508 Standards:

  1. Automated – High volume 508 conformance testing tools automatically scan and test electronic content;
  2. Manual – Manual testing uses a documented, consistent, repeatable process;
  3. Hybrid – A combination of automated and manual testing.

How much does it cost to make a website ADA compliant?

ADA Compliance first requires that you assess the damage, starting with an audit from $500 to $10,000. And the cost of making your website accessible ranges from $3,000 to $50,000.

Can a website be 100% ADA compliant?

Can a website ever be 100% ADA-compliant? The short answer is no. ADA compliance isn’t a “pass-fail” test. Rather, it’s a spectrum; a website can be more compliant or less compliant based on how closely it meets the WCAG guidelines.

How do I know if my PDF is 508 compliance?

Select an accessibility standard (Adobe PDF, Section 508 (U.S.), or W3C ) from the Name menu, and then select the accessibility options to check for. Click Start Checking.

How do I test my website for accessibility?

The 6 Simplest Web Accessibility Tests Anyone Can Do

  1. Unplug your mouse and/ or turn off your trackpad.
  2. Turn on High Contrast Mode.
  3. Turn off Images.
  4. Check for Captions or Transcripts.
  5. Click on Field Labels.
  6. Turn off CSS.

Who does 508 compliance apply?

What is Section 508? Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires federal agencies to develop, procure, maintain or use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) that is accessible to people with disabilities – regardless of whether or not they work for the federal government.

What happens if your website is not ADA compliant?

You could face a lawsuit if a person with a disability claims they cannot access your website. You might endure legal fees, a possible settlement, a potential public relations problem, and the cost of rebuilding your website so that it complies with the ADA.