Our design approach includes Section 508 compliance from the start. On new web development projects, we have found that time taken in the initial design phase to build in Section 508 compliance was considerably less than the time required to add it later. Our staff apply our corporate Section 508 compliance experience to the early phases of template design. Developing an application with accessibility in mind is easier and less expensive than fixing the application after it has already been completed.
When working with the VA, we developed our own 508 compliance tool, called Scurion™, which uses Deque’s Accessibility Engine plugin (aXe) to execute automated accessibility testing. Deque’s aXe has supported the VA with 508 compliance testing for 15 years. DSoft Technology’s Scurion allows website developers and users to easily detect parts of their design that will present barriers to some users and provides guidance on making designs standards compliant.
Section 508 Policy
DSoft Technology strives to be in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d) as required for all of its products. Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.
Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Because many of our clients are Federal agencies, we are very sensitive to this requirement.
Determining 508 compliance requires a clear understanding of each client's 508 accessibility requirements, how to translate those requirements into technical solutions, and expert knowledge of how people with disabilities interact with information technology. Consequently, procurement officials and project managers recommend the use of "independent third-party" auditors and consultants such as DSoft Technology who can provide vendors and government agencies with extensive documentation of the 508 testing processes, procedures and results. Testing should consist both of testing to make sure that 508 guidelines are followed in the design phase and of hands-on testing with tools that a disabled user would use.
If you have difficulty accessing any portion of this site or would like additional information on our Section 508 initiative, please e-mail the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome any suggestions to help us improve our site's accessibility and usability.