508 Compliance and Remediation
Section 508 of the National Rehabilitation Act requires that all content on U.S. government websites be accessible to people with visual, cognitive, hearing, or motor impairments. Beneficiaries of federal funding must now guarantee 508 compliance of all web-deliverable content, ensuring that everything distributed online for public use is equally accessible to disabled and nondisabled users.
Screen Reader Accessibility
Screen readers have afforded people with disabilities an unprecedented level of access to online media and digital publications. Clients like AARP rely on our remediation services to ensure that their publications are created following best practices, are fully accessible via screen readers, and comply with Section 508 requirements. TalentMEDIA understands that while accessibility can be ensured by automated testing, the true end goal—useability—requires a more human approach. Our services ensure that content is easily used by the disabled, and that information is conveyed accurately across all screen readers. Our standards surpass the original Section 508 requirements, extending to the more stringent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 global accessibility standards encompassed by this year’s 508 refresh.
Accessibility in Mind
Our design experts work closely with our accessibility experts in all phases of document layout —from the beginning of the document design process through to the final print product—to ensure accessibility in mind. Combining these two areas of expertise early on in the production process minimizes required remediation time and virtually eliminates the chances of a total document overhaul due to accessibility failures such as color contrast issues.
Adobe PDF Remediation
PDF has become the preferred format for distributing documents via the Internet. Our accessibility experts can assist you by converting your documents from virtually any publication software product to PDF, or you can send us your PDF file for remediation after conversion. TalentMEDIA accessibility specialists rely on Adobe Acrobat Pro and NetCentric Technologies’ CommonLook for Adobe PDF and Microsoft Office to guarantee that PDFs are 508 compliant and are effectively tagged for proper reading order and use by people with disabilities. After documents pass several levels of automated accessibility testing, our specialists use screen reader software such as JAWS and NVIDIA to verify accurate PDF navigation, reading order, and readability.
Microsoft Word Remediation
Our team can assist clients—like the National Council on Disability—who require accessible documents in Microsoft Word in verifying that even the most complex Word documents are also fully 508 compliant. Accessible Word documents provide users with all abilities with all of the editing and writing tools of Word, while still adhering to 508 compliance requirements.
Creating forms that are 508 compliant requires a thorough understanding of how people with disabilities actually use, navigate, and complete fillable forms. TalentMEDIA accessibility specialists ensure that users with disabilities are able to effectively use, navigate, and complete forms with a screen reader or other assistive technology.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
The 2019 508 refresh expanded accessibility requirements to include the more complex WCAG 2.0 standards for accessibility. TalentMEDIA’s accessibility experts have a thorough understanding of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, as well as how users with disabilities perceive, navigate, and use online media, marrying the two to truly provide accessibility for all.
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