What is Section 508?
508 Compliance is shorthand for a law that requires federal government websites to be safe and accessible for people with disabilities. This law covers a range of issues related to assisting people with different kinds of disabilities.
We assist your company with making information accessible. Accessibility makes your company more inclusive as VASTEC helps to remove barriers to access electronic data. Individuals with disabilities are better able to understand and use electronic information with assistive technology devices.
Vastec Accessibility Services:
- Website Accessibility Review
- PDF Document and Form Remediation
- Accessibility Training
- Section 508 Consulting
- VASTEC Verified Compliance Certifications
We specialize in Section 508 best practices
For every Section 508 project, we will expertly guide your organization to meet or exceed Section 508 compliance standards. Industry-leading quality assurance measures include: review of the documents by assistive technology; quality control testing to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to and use information and data that is comparable to that of persons without disabilities.
Section 508 Compliance
Accessibility is not only a legal requirement – it’s also good for business. Creating products and information that everyone can use drives innovation, provides a better customer experience, and improves employee engagement. Accessibility helps you reach more stakeholders and achieve your business objectives.
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 for 508 compliance document management 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.
SERVICE Superior Accessibility Service
Why VASTEC is even 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 document management 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.