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Section 508 Compliance
Federal agencies, private entities that receive public funding and Independent Software Vendors are required by law to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessible.
We offer Department of Homeland Security Trusted Tester
Our certified experts has 10 years of hands experience to make Department Of Homeland Security application section 508 compliance.
Section 508 Manual Accessibility Testing
Our WCAG testers, including expert end-users with disabilities and senior application developers, manually test all unique web pages (not just a small sample) and upload their accessibility test results to our customized online portal for client access.
Section 508 Automated Accessibility Testing
We conduct automated website accessibility testing by using the industry’s leading WCAG testing software!
Section 508 Compliance Training
Our award-winning online web accessibility training is designed to provide your project team with the knowledge needed to maintain long-term WCAG, ADA & Section 508 compliant websites, applications, mobile apps, and PDF documents.

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Section 508 Compliance Service for Government

A Trusted Source For Section 508 Compliance Solutions

Advanced Technology Software Solutions is a consulting company in Washington D.C metro area specializing in accessibility for websites, web and mobile applications, and documents. We are  experts in accessibility and provide services for Section 508 compliance with DHS trusted Tester v3 certification. We offer Section 508 Trusted Tester Conformance Test Process.

Why you required Section 508 compliance ?

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a law that requires the Federal Government to provide access to its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to people with disabilities. ICT applies to the information technology and other equipment your agency procures, develops, uses, and maintains. In short, this policy aims to make websites, web apps, electronic documents, and software accessible to people with disabilities.

Section 508 includes the following exceptions:

  • Any ICT, component of ICT, or portion of ICT falls under the safe harbor provision. In other words, any legacy ICT that is unaltered and existing before or on January 18, 2018, does not need adhere to new standards until it’s updated or changed.
  • Any ICT that has been acquired by a contractor incidental to a contract does not have to comply with Section 508.

This law not only affects all federal agencies, but private entities such as contractors, Independent Software Vendors selling to the Federal Government and organizations who receive federal funding. It’s important to be proactive about accessibility and compliance, as drive-by demands & lawsuits have been on the rise for federal agencies and institutions.

The original law was put into effect in 1998 and was refreshed in 2018. The refresh of this legislation filled in gaps in the standards and aligned with international standards. In fact, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level A and AA are explicitly referenced in the refreshed Section 508.

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ATS offer industry expert resources who are certified in DHS Trusted Tester to make your Web and Software applications compliance with Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA standards. However, our designers, developers, and Certified Trusted testers play a key role in ensuring web sites and digital tools are accessible.

 

How to take action and meet Section 508 compliance requirements

Section 508 was updated in 2018 explicitly referencing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level A and AA. If you already know about WCAG you’re in great shape. To work toward compliance, we recommend incorporating accessibility testing into existing testing processes. Accessibility should be a sustainable, permanent part of your workflow. If you’re already practicing Agile, this approach will come naturally for you. In other words, testing early and often so that accessibility is a proactive measure, to achieve compliance most efficiently.

Section 508 includes the following exceptions:

  • Any ICT, component of ICT, or portion of ICT falls under the safe harbor provision. In other words, any legacy ICT that is unaltered and existing before or on January 18, 2018, does not need adhere to new standards until it’s updated or changed.
  • Any ICT that has been acquired by a contractor incidental to a contract does not have to comply with Section 508.                                                                       

Beyond viewing accessibility from a compliance point of view, it is important to remember your customers with disabilities want accessible ICT. An accessible and Inclusive design approach makes for a better citizen experience, including making information accessible to all constituents.

 

Beyond viewing accessibility from a compliance point of view, it is important to remember your customers with disabilities want accessible ICT. An accessible and Inclusive design approach makes for a better citizen experience, including making information accessible to all constituents.

Below are a few initial steps you can take to work toward compliance: 

  1. Update your agency’s accessibility and conformance policies to reflect the 508 Refresh
  2. Ensure your employees and testers are sufficiently trained
  3. Determine if your website, mobile apps and documents are accessible
  4. Update your procurement language in your contracts
  5. If you aren’t already, start using an automated tool to regularly test your website
  6. Develop a plan to monitor and measure accessibility success
Benifit of Section 508 Compliance
Serving a wider audience

Accessible content will widen your available target audience addressing the needs of all constituents.

Decreased legal risk

Organizations who actively pursue accessibility excellence are better positioned to address claims and avoid costly violations.

Increased Search Presence

Providing transcripts for audio visual files are discoverable by search engines.

Better overall user experiance

Studies show that optimizations made in UI/UX for accessibility also benefit people without disabilities.