Technical & Human Audit for Public Facing Digital Assets
(Software, Websites & Apps)

VGlobalTech’s ADA Compliance Process:

1. Discovery

2. Technial
Audit

3. WCAG, ADA,
Remediation

4. Full
Compliance
Checks

5. Technical
Audit Seal

11. Human
Audit Seal

7. Automated
Testing

8. Screen
Magnifier
Testing

9. Screen
Reader Testing

10. Reporting

6. Human
Audit

A Partnership with a Social Cause to Ensure:

ADA COMPLIANCE
WCAG COMPLIANCE
SECTION 508 STIPULATIONS
FIA / eGIS / OTHER INSURANCE & RISK ADVISERS’ COMPLIANCE
TECHNICAL COMPLAINCE SEAL
HUMAN AUDIT COMPLAINCE SEAL
QUARTERLY AUDITS
REMEDIATION
PEACE OF MIND

Compliance
Process Flow

The Law

Please familiarize your team with the Florida Statute 189.069 Special districts; required reporting of information; web-based public access. Source

ADA & WCAG Compliance

Every individual must have equal access to information whether it is in person service or online. This is a general agreement and understanding of access.

The Internet has dramatically changed the way state and local governments do business. Today, government agencies routinely make much more information about their programs, activities, and services available to the public by posting it on their websites. As a result, many people can easily access this information seven day a week, 24 hours a day.

Many government services and activities are also provided on websites because the public is able to participate in them at any time of day and without the assistance of government personnel. Many government websites offer a low cost, quick, and convenient way of filing tax returns, paying bills, renewing licenses, signing up for programs, applying for permits or funding, submitting job applications, and performing a wide variety of other activities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, if the government entities receive federal funding, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 generally require that state and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue burden. One way to help meet these requirements is to ensure that government websites have accessible features for people with disabilities, using the simple steps described in this document. An agency with an inaccessible website may also meet its legal obligations by providing an alternative accessible way for citizens to use the programs or services, such as a staffed telephone information line. These alternatives, however, are unlikely to provide an equal degree of access in terms of hours of operation and the range of options and programs available.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets the main international standards for the World Wide Web and its accessibility.  W3C created the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 and 2.1) which are similar to Section 508, but on an international level.  WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 requires specific techniques for compliance and is more current than Section 508.

Source

Quarterly Technical & Human Audit Testing

This audit is as per the Florida Insurance Alliance, eGIS Insurance Advisors, and other insurance guidelines. Please check with your insurance agency for specific requirements. Read more here

VGlobalTech team is trained and well aware of ADA and WCAG 2.x Compliance guidelines. VGlobalTech has partnered with a local agency for the visually impaired – LightHouse Works. LightHouse has developed a unique program for digital accessibility that is run by visually impaired personnel that are highly skilled in human auditing of websites and software as per the section 508 stipulations. Read more about our partnership here

Together we are now able to provide not one but two compliance seals for all our customers.
Details of the compliance seals are below.

Digital Asset Technical Compliance Seal:

VGlobalTech in-house technical team shall remediate / test the website / software for ADA, WCAG compliance. VGlobalTech’s technical design & development team is fully aware of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and overall the design principles of a professional, accessible, functional and responsive web design. The entire team has taken dedicated time and efforts to learn these design principles first hand. Our purpose is clear – Universal, Creative Web design that works for everyone, everywhere and every time!

Human Audit Seal:

LightHouse Works’ visually impaired personnel shall actually test the website for compliance as per the section 508 and ADA requirements. The VGlobalTech technical team shall remediate any points discovered by LightHouse team and send the site for re-certification. Upon satisfactory completion LightHouse shall provide the Human Audit Seal that will be specific to the site and the VGlobalTech team shall put the seal on the site. This is an added layer of true Human Audit testing that provides full ADA compliance.

References:

ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments: https://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/chap5toolkit.htm
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section https://www.ada.gov/websites2.htm

Web design Standards: https://www.w3schools.com/

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/

VGlobalTech Web Content Accessibility Implementation and Checkpoints: https://vglobaltech.com/website-compliance/

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