Accessibility


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CivicPlus ADA Compliance Approach

CivicPlus Responsibility

 

Build

Our websites are built to be compliant to ADA (Section 508) and WCAG 2.0 A and AA levels. This means that when your website launches, we guarantee that we deliver you a site that meets these levels. Our website content and design teams are trained to deliver accessible websites. We build our content and designs using the four WCAG principles:

  1. Perceivable
  2. Operable
  3. Understandable
  4. Robust

 

Train

We know, though, that websites are always changing, which is why we go a step further. Our trainers will use CivicPlus best practices to teach your staff to keep your content and design elements accessible and up-to-date with the latest ADA/WCAG standards. This might mean teaching staff to include alternative text when they upload pictures, or teaching a webmaster how to write content with a screen reader in mind.

 

Code-Base Updates and Rollouts

We take the headache out of accessibility by ensuring that any new regulations that require code changes are done automatically for you. Our code changes are done quarterly with no additional effort required on your part.

 

On-Going Education

Regulations are updated at least annually by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), an organization that publishes the WCAG guidelines, and intermittently by the U.S. legislative system, which updates the Section 508 regulations. Our product team closely follows these regulations and provides regular updates to clients via our CivicPlus website, blog articles, webinars, and other publications. We also update our own CivicPlus best practices to ensure that we continue to build sites that are up-to-date with the latest compliance regulations.

Client Responsibility

Although we deliver a compliant website, training and ongoing education, we know that even the best sites need an occasional check.

 

Accessibility Checklist

At regular intervals, it is best practice to use a CivicPlus provided checklist to review your site’s design and content. Items that you feel fall outside of our recommended compliance levels, you can either have your staff correct, or ask CivicPlus for assistance. Your account manager is trained to assist you in these areas.

 

Best Practices

We encourage you to establish a member of your team as your internal best practices expert. CivicPlus will provide you tools and resources, which your team can use to review and build new pages. We feel that it works best when your team takes personal responsibility and accountability for your web pages.

 

Ongoing Scans

While these are not entirely necessary to keep your site up-to-date, we think it is a best-practice to occasionally scan your site to check ongoing compliance. At this time CivicPlus does not have a partnership with a scanning solution, however you can find information about other tools on our Compliance Tools and Resources page.

Zero Errors

There are no error-free sites. It’s a fluid measurement and different scan tools produce different results—there’s a lot that’s open to interpretation. The most important thing you can do is to show an ongoing good-faith effort to keep your content compliant. To learn more about what you can do, please view our tools and resources.

 

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