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Accessibility Testing

ACCESSIBILITY-TESTING-SERVICES

Our testing services ensure your website and mobile devices are WCAG 2.0 compliant WCAG 2.0 is a globally accepted standard for web accessibility developed by an international team of experts, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WCAG 2.0 sets out guidelines for organizations to make their websites more accessible for people with disabilities. QA Consultants can help you become compliant. We have the skilled people, software, diagnostic tools, systems, hardware platforms and devices necessary to test compliance for your website. We can provide comprehensive reports that demonstrate your organization’s intent to meet these requirements while working closely with your in-house development teams and outside vendors to correct non-accessible web pages and interfaces.

Why it’s important

Becoming compliant is the right thing to do. If customers can’t operate your site, your message becomes ineffective.

Benefits of accessibility compliance:

  • Reduce regulatory and business risk
  • Enhance website performance and quality
  • Improve user access and satisfaction

We can help you with WCAG 2.0 A/AA compliance, AODA compliance, or Section 508 compliance.

Deadlines

WCAG 2.0
Beginning January 1, 2021: all public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012, must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA other than criteria 1.2.4 (live captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio descriptions).

Section 508
Federal agencies will be required to comply with the revised Section 508 standards beginning on January 18, 2018.

AODA
Government of Ontario and Ontario Legislative Assembly
• New* internet and intranet websites and web content: Compliance with Level AA by 1 January 2012
• All* internet websites and web content: Compliance with Level AA by 1 January 2016
• All internet and intranet websites and web content: Compliance with Level AA by 1 January 2020

Designated Public Service Organizations
(such as hospitals, universities and other public bodies as listed in Table 1 of Ontario Regulation 146/10)
• New internet and web content: Compliance with Level A by 1 January 2014
• All* internet and web content**: Compliance with Level AA by 1 January 2021

Large Organizations
(those that provides goods, services or facilities to third parties and has 50 or more employees)
• New internet and web content: Compliance with Level A by 1 January 2014
• All* internet and web content**: Compliance with Level AA by 1 January 2021
* excluding captions on live videos and audio descriptions for pre-recorded videos

WCAG/Section 508

Our accessibility testing solution uses the following three-step approach to reduce risk, enhance web performance, and improve user access:

1. Client discovery – deliverable: a report outlining findings, the scope of requirements

  • What are the relevant WCAG/accessibility specifications for the website and application?
  • What elements of the website should be tested?
  • Where else on the website can WCAG/accessibility be implemented for improved performance?

2. Build a simulated, real-user environment – deliverable: testing recommendations and plan

  • Use identified requirements from client discovery (phase 1) to define hardware, software, tools and settings in order to simulate the real-world set-up of a daily use environment for a person with a disability

3. Test case selection, updating and execution – deliverable: a report outlining defects and website recommendations:

  • Define new, pre-built and in-scope test cases
  • Undertake testing

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AODA

Is your web site AODA compliant? If not, your organization runs the risk of experiencing a regulatory audit, bad publicity and missing out on an important user community. QA Consultants is the first and leading provider of compliance testing to meet the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Act’s objective is to make websites and applications accessible to users with various disabilities (auditory, visual, cognitive and motor) through the application of user interface (UI) standards and compatibilities with third-party application. The AODA mandate commenced on January 1, 2012, and applies to all private and public organizations that provide goods and services to the public.

Our experienced compliance solutions team ensures that an organization’s web site content and user interface complies with AODA’s requirements – following the principles of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We apply our proven testing methodology, pre-built test cases and industry expertise to quickly and effectively evaluate a web site and estimate potential risks and ideal fixes.

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