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Accessibility Brief

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Here at TestPros, we are proud to have been continuously involved with IT Accessibility from the very beginning when the U.S. Access Board first published the Section 508 Guidelines for IT Hardware and Software back in 1998 and 2000.  Since then, we have independently assessed hundreds of software and hardware products for compliance with the Section 508 guidelines, and other accessibility guidelines such as the W3C WCAG, ADA, AODA, EN 301549, IS 5568, and others.

IT Accessibility is now gaining more momentum than ever, as it is in the forefront of the U.S. Government’s new push for a better online Customer Experience (CX).  CX is a much larger initiative and includes Accessibility, Usability, and other aspects of customer satisfaction.  For more information on this initiative, start with this webpage: Executive Order: Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery To Rebuild Trust In Government

The work we do with accessibility assessments is particularly important for the IT Industry and its users and knowing that we have done our part in advancing accessibility for all of us is extremely rewarding.

I encourage you to keep accessibility in mind whenever you get the opportunity to provide input into the design, development, and testing of software and/or hardware.

And for additional information on this subject, here are a few websites that you can start with:

         Section 508 Online Training

         EDX: W3C Free Online Courses

         DHS Latest on Accessibility

         DHS: 508 Training

         Access Board: ICT

         Usability.gov 

         Digital.gov Resources

 Kevin Murray, CEO

 

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