We have helped multiple Federal, State, and Local Governments agencies create Accessibility Compliant PDF to meet section 508 and WCAG standards. We can also help in making your current PDF accessibility compliant OR providing a solution on how a non-conformant PDF can be posted on your website by meet regulation requirements. Adobe PDFs are the most commonly used electronic document format but Section 508 Compliance of Accessible Documents includes Microsoft Word, Excel, ePUB, Mobi, XML and PowerPoint, too.
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. The law (29 U.S.C § 794 (d)) 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 comparable to the access available to others.
The U.S. Access Board is responsible for developing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility standards to incorporate into regulations that govern Federal procurement practices. On January 18, 2017, the Access Board issued a final rule that updated accessibility requirements covered by Section 508, and refreshed guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. The final rule went into effect on January 18, 2018.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.
The WCAG documents explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Web “content” generally refers to the information in a web page or web application, including:
WCAG 2.0 was published on 11 December 2008. WCAG 2.1 was published on 5 June 2018.
WCAG is primarily intended for:
Related resources are intended to meet the needs of many different people, including policy makers, managers, researchers, and others.
CommonLook PDF Validator: completely tests a document against Section 508, WCAG 2.0 AA, PDF/UA, and HHS (U.S. Health and Human Services) standards. Download for free here.
Adobe Acrobat provides an automated way to check the accessibility of a PDF file. The Full Check feature in Acrobat checks a PDF for many of the characteristics of accessible PDFs. You can choose which accessibility problems to look for and how you want the results reported.
We can check the file by manually testing the file or using tools to ensure that it is section 508 compliant file.
Contact Bob Mehta at 515-865-4591 or email Bob@ebookconversion.com to discuss your end goals so we can offer you the cost effective and compliant solution for Section 508 and WCAG 2.0