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Compliance 

Why does digital compliance matter?

Digital compliance ensures that all users, including those with disabilities, can experience your site, application, software or online material the way they were meant to.  

“Disability is part of being human. Almost everyone will temporarily or permanently experience disability at some point. An estimated 1.3 billion people – about 16% of the global population – currently experience significant disability.” – World Health Organization 2022.[1]

For us in the business sector, when we make accessibility a priority, removing barriers and facilitating persons with disabilities, we have a huge impact on their daily life.

What are the benefits for your business?

1

Mitigated Legal Risk

Understanding digital accessibility is key, as organizations can face significant legal risks for not meeting accessibility requirements. Addressing compliance is a smart business strategy. full compliance, you not only enhance the user experience for a broader audience but also safeguard your organization from potential legal challenges.

2

Commitment to Inclusivity

In today's world, inclusivity is a fundamental expectation in all sectors, from workplaces to products. Implementing accessibility to your business services will make them more useable and expand their appeal to different people while improving the overall experience for users. This dedication focusing on and including users will elevate your business and resonate with a socially conscious and increasingly diverse market.

3

Expand Your Reach

Expansion is the key to success in the business world. A larger, more diverse audience base is essential for growth. Accessibility compliance plays a vital role in this expansion. In addition, the improved user experience that comes with these accessibility features has a dual benefit. It not only attracts new customers, but it also strengthens the loyalty of your existing audience.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2

What are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG, are the global standard for making Web content accessible to people with disabilities. While WCAG isn't a legal mandate, as a globally accepted set of Web accessibility standards, WCAG is often referenced in legislation and court decisions as the benchmark for Web accessibility.

Implications of non-compliance

Compliance with WCAG standards is a best practice for compliance with applicable accessibility laws. Failing to comply can result in a costly, time-consuming lawsuit, hurting your brand's image.

What are the four major categories of accessibility?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are organized on four accessibility principles. For the content to be accessible, it must be POUR:
  1. Perceivable
    Content must be detectable to a user’s senses. Users must be able to comprehend the information being presented: It can’t be blocked from all senses.
  2. Understandable
    Users need to be able to understand the information as well as how to use the interface and navigate the site.
  3. Robust
    Content should remain accessible as technologies and user agents evolve.

What are the WCAG levels?

To measure how accessible a Web site is, WCAG provides three levels of conformance: A, AA, and AAA. Each level builds on the previous one. Each level has a specific number of success criteria that you must meet.

A

The minimum level of requirements that all Web sites, applications, and electronic content such as documents should meet.

AA

The acceptable level of accessibility for many online services should work with most assistive technologies that are widely available on desktop and mobile devices or for purchase from third parties.

AAA

The gold standard of accessibility offering all the features that make the difference between a great experience or an outstanding experience.

What are my next steps?

The first step is to assess the accessibility of your website. To identify any accessibility barriers, Bezzer accessibility experts will perform a thorough audit. This includes manual testing to identify common issues users face when using your site, as well as the use of automated evaluation tools.

If accessibility issues a identified, we will use WCAG 2.1 AA best practices to resolve them.

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Section 508

What is Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act?

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d), requires all U.S. federal departments and agencies to ensure that their information and communication technology (ICT) is accessible to people living with disabilities.

Why is it important to my business?

Section 508 extends to organizations seeking to sell their products or services to the government, federal contractors, and any other organization receiving federal funds. The section includes the organization's Web site, applications, intranet sites and tools, software, and electronic documents.

Implications of non-compliance

Failure to comply with Section 508 can lead to costly lawsuits requiring the defendant to make its website accessible retroactively.

What are my next steps?

Most website owners are unsure where their site stands regarding compliance standards. Our experts have in-depth knowledge of Section 508 compliance requirements. With a website audit, we will provide an overview of your current accessibility situation and the necessary steps to comply and avoid costly litigation.

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