Section 508 Accessibility Remediation

Every 508 accessibility remediation project is slightly different. We start by understanding your goals and requirements and develop a 508 remediation solution to fit your needs and budget. The following list describes a brief explanation of our methods.

  1. Consult with you about your remediation needs.
  2. Identify areas of non-compliance.
  3. Deliver an estimate for service.
  4. Establish a contract for remediation.
  5. Remediate the document for section 508 accessibility, as well as modify it for usability not specifically required by section 508.
  6. Obtain a clean report from the accessibility checklist.
  7. Test the document using an industry standard screen reader (Freedom Scientific’s JAWS) for readability and continuity.
  8. Return the final version to you for review.

Word Wizards, Inc. provides section 508 compliance solutions for several different types of digital media. Our company is one of the few firms that does 508 compliance work in-house. That means you don’t have to worry about your sensitive documents being passed around the world for anyone to intercept. It also means that we take pride in our work and consider the needs of our customers and their users above all else.

What We Do

Creating a 508-compliant document is a multi-step process that requires a good deal of expertise and attention to detail. The goal is that the document pass accessibility tests and, more importantly, read well in a screen-reading environment (please note, Acrobat’s Read Out Loud feature is not a screen reader and is not supported). In roughly nine steps a remediator will:

  1. Asses tag structure and color contrast issues. At this point we will notify the client if there are problems with the color contrast that will impact low-vision readers. Generally speaking, color contrast cannot be below 4.5:1.
  2. Create links. This includes both links in the document referred to by URLs and in tables of contents, footnotes/endnotes and any indices that the document may contain.
  3. Set reading order/correct tag structure. Acrobat does not autotag a typical document in a way that reads well. A remediator must correct the tag structure so that a screen reader will read the document in the intended order.
  4. Scope tables. Table headers must correspond to the data below them in a way screen readers can communicate to users.
  5. Set alt text. Images must have contextual descriptive text associated with them so the screen reader may describe the visual in a way that makes sense to the non-sighted user.
  6. Set properties. The document’s meta-textual properties must be set correctly.
  7. Create bookmarks. All documents 20 pages or longer must contain bookmarks.
  8. Overcome document exceptions. Manually pass those accessibility categories that require it, per Acrobat’s Accessibility Report feature.
  9. Run accessibility report. The final step. We don’t hand a document off until the report is fully qualified and we are satisfied the document will read adequately.

Section 508 Remediation Services

Section 508 remediation services ensure that digital media is fully accessible to individuals with auditory and visual disabilities. We make the extra effort to ensure that our remediation process yields media that is comprehensible to the end user. We believe that accessibility goes beyond compliance. Accessibility is about real people who deserve a fair playing field.

The following are the most common types of remediation services that we provide:

Contact us today if you want to inquire about any of our Section 508 accessibility and remediation services.