Before deploying your new accessibility content, it is imperative that you have a user group of persons with disabilities test your materials. Your user testing group should include a variety of disabilities to ensure an equitable and inclusive experience for everyone.
Accessibility audit services exist to assist you in testing the accessibility of your website and digital content. The audit service will evaluate your content and provide feedback on required enhancements, bugs, and fixes. There are many accessibility auditing service companies to assist you. Check out our Vendor Directory to get started locating an accessibility audit service.
Communicating your commitment to accessibility is imperative. Your communications should include the following:
We advise that you audit against your benefit-cost analysis as you proceed through your project. Check to ensure costs are aligned, and benefits are realized, and make adjustments as necessary.
During the Deployment phase, now is the time to measure your benefit results to demonstrate internally and externally through your communication messages why your commitment to accessibility was required and how the results measure for each stakeholder.
Ongoing maintenance is paramount in your deployment phase. Documented processes and standards for your organization should be shared with each team member creating content. Accessibility is not a one-and-done project. It requires ongoing processes to ensure content created meets accessibility standards. It requires ongoing testing to safeguard against breaks in code that could potentially create accessibility issues.
Accessibility monitoring services exist to provide your business with automated feedback on accessibility concerns and issues. These monitoring services will bring to light any problems that may occur due to changes such as software, platform, or application updates.
Accessibility.com offers a Vendor Directory that lists accessibility vendors that provide monitoring services, including automated and manual. Please visit our Vendor Directory to check out potential vendors.
An Accessibility Statement cements your dedication and commitment to providing an accessible experience of your products and services for your customers. Your website should include an Accessibility Statement, similar to your Privacy Statement. It is common to find an Accessibility Statement in the footer of a webpage.
An Accessibility Statement should contain the following: