Section 508 analysis and remediation

  • With Federal laws enacting section 508 compliance in place for over 20 years...

    The Federal Department of Justice has begun to file legal action against Counties, States, and large commercial organizations lacking 508 compliance. In many documented cases, the costs of noncompliance are far higher than the average cost for remediation. CentreIT provides a cohesive 508 compliant process including project management, requirements, coding standards, development, testing, and maintenance as well as vendor coordination for vendor products or RFP proposals to minimize or negate legal action.

  • Our Processes.

    CentreIT provides services to all levels of Government organizations including County, State and Federal branches. CentreIT works with commercial enterprise in multiple markets including telecom, health, banking, manufacturing, media and more. CentreIT professionals assess software and web sites for Section 508 compliance using proven testing methodologies and indicate preferred remediation techniques; Collaborate with software developers to identify accessibility issues that cannot be diagnosed by automated software accessibility checkers; and recommend best practices for effective resolution. (Download CentreIT 508 Brochure Adobe Acrobat Icon) Get Adobe Reader Download Here

  • CentreIT Section 508 Compliance Cycle
  • What is Section 508 Compliance?

    In 1990, the Federal Government passed the American Disability Act to ensure support and access for the disabled.  In 1998, the US Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act enacting Section 508 to require Federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. Section 508 addresses legal compliance through government procurement and has technical standards against which products are evaluated to determine if they meet the technical compliance.

    Common misunderstandings about Section 508 Compliance

    Are state and local agencies covered by Section 508? Although the law applies to Federal agencies, state and local government is also impacted by the act. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, if the government entities receive Federal funding, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, require that State and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue burden.

    Also, many organizations often believe that Section 508 compliance is a “one time” effort and do not consider ongoing release changes or product updates impact to compliance. 

    Organizations do not understand the needs of the disabled and how they can make modifications incrementally to begin their compliance with a long-term plan for more fully compliant sites and applications.

  • What Can CentreIT Do For Your Organization?

    CentreIT is involved in helping organizations prevent legal action by using proven and certified Federal Section 508/WCAG procedures and tools to:

    1. Audit existing websites and applications
    2. Develop accessibility compliance processes and standards
    3. Assist procurement to include vendor Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT) for all new Request For Proposals (RFPs)
    4. Research existing organization vendor product VPATs
    5. Provide coding standards to development
    6. Provide testing standards and tools for quality assurance
    7. Provide compliance training to all personnel

    CentreIT processes have been proven with large federal contracts for multiple agencies including US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state/sounty and commercial clients.  Our process provides for the initial audit, process/standards creation, vendor product compliance, testing, remediation, and follow-on maintenance including scheduling of automated test tools and release testing.  Our process will provide the long-term plan as well as auditable documents should a Deptartment of Justice or American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) audit arise.