ACCESSIBILITY AND SECTION 508 SERVICES

Accessibility defines how individuals with disabilities access electronic information. In making information accessible VASTEC removes barriers to electronic data, which in turn provides those individuals the ability to understand it through use of assistive technology devices.

Both government and commercial providers of electronic information have accessibility requirements. Many of these requirements are defined by Section 508, an Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, that requires Federal agencies make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

VASTEC provides a wide range of Accessibility and Section 508 compliant solutions, through affordable, accessible, and innovation services that can meet the latest WCAG 2.0 AA standards. This includes PDF accessibility services designed to maximize document accessibility.

VASTEC ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Website Accessibility Review
  • PDF Document and Form Remediation
  • Accessibility Training
  • Section 508 Consulting
  • VASTEC Verified Compliance Certifications

In every project VASTEC’s best practices guide production of electronic documents to meet and exceed Section 508 standards. Industry leading quality assurance measures include review of the documents by assistive technology quality control testers to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that of persons without disabilities.

VASTEC offers extensive knowledge of and experience with many popular assistive technology applications and devices including speech-to-text, magnifying and screen reading software. Patented technology allows the disabled full access to the content of their documents without affecting the document’s visual appearance and is compatible with all screen readers without changes.

What does it mean to make electronic information accessible? This video shows the perspective from a person with a disability.

VASTEC VERIFIED

VASTEC Verified 508 Accessibility

The VASTEC Verified seal of approval is provided on material that has been remediated and certified to VASTEC’s accessibility standards

Included in the VASTEC Verified Process is the use of visually impaired AT testers during the quality control process. Each team member has the last word on the accessibility of a remediated document, such as a PDF. If approved the document is ready to be delivered to the client. In the rare instance where an accessibility issue remains, the AT tester works directly with the project lead to fix it.

Electronic information that is approved as accessible by the visually impaired AT testing team can then be certified as VASTEC Verified.

SUPERIOR ACCESSIBILITY SERVICE

WHY VASTEC IS BETTER

We are professional liaisons collaborating with agencies within the U.S federal government, private industry, and non-profit disability-focused organizations for determining best shared practices and approaches to meeting accessibility and Section 508 compliance needs. Leveraging our extensive experience in providing federal and commercial compliance services, we create unique, effective and accessible solutions to help you meet your accessibility initiatives.

We employ full time compliance testers with visual disabilities who in addition to bringing real-life assistive device competencies, offer tremendous insights into the development of our best practices for the highest level of use, comprehension, and navigation with our accessible formats

WHAT WE BRING

  • Unique Combinations of Scalable Human, Semi-Automated and Automated Functions
  • PDF Accessibility Experience to Government and Commercial Clients
  • In-House Technical and Functional Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Subject Matter Experts
  • E&IT industry Accessibility Best Practices on Document Accessibility

ACCESSIBILITY FOR PDF DOCUMENTS AND FORMS

VASTEC is one of the largest U.S. based federal government and private industry PDF accessibility providers, processing millions of fully accessible and usable documents annually. We offer a unique and proprietary approach to our document conversion process, based on years of industry experience

VASTEC has a well-understood set of shared Best Practices in remediation that guide our production of PDF documents to meet and exceed Section 508 standards. Our Quality Assurance measures include review of the documents by experienced screen reader users so that individuals with disabilities “have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that of persons without disabilities.” We have extensive knowledge of and experience with many popular assistive technology applications and devices including speech-to-text, magnifying and screen reading software such as JAWS, Window Eyes, NVDA, ZoomText, MAGic, Dragon Naturallyspeaking, and others.

QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR ACCESSIBLE PDF

All PDFs receive quality accessibility inspection, including visual inspection and Assistive Technology (AT) compliance testing. By employing full-time accessibility compliance testers with visual disabilities who bring real-life assistive device competencies, we gain tremendous insights into the development of our best practices for the highest level of use, comprehension, and navigation with our accessible formats.

CONTACT US today for a free assessment of your PDF accessibility needs, or a representative sample of your PDF document project. We’ll provide you with a copy of our Baseline Accessibility Standards and a complementary document assessment and quote.

VASTEC provides affordable, accessible, and innovative solutions that maximize the power of your information.

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