Accessibility Compliance and Audit Services

Empowering people with disabilities cuts across all of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and is an explicit measure of success for five of them. Let's make progress.

In 2015, the United Nations agreed on seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, to be achieved by 2030. Collectively, they are known as #Agenda2030 and cover every aspect of life on Earth, both for people living today and for future generations. 

At the September 2023 General Assembly in New York, the UN restated its commitment to Agenda 2030. The UN agreed to accelerate its action plans and provide additional financing to make this happen. 

Empowering people with disabilities cuts across all seventeen of the goals and is an explicit measure of success for five of them.

All UN countries agree that everyone should have equal access to public buildings and transport, sports facilities, cinemas, and so on. Improvements were already in progress even before 2015.

Digital Accessibility Compliance 

In the same way, all people should have equal access to online resources, including websites, social media, online learning resources, and mobile apps. Having access to the internet is now considered a basic human right.

This means that website designers and developers need to know how to build and test websites and mobile apps that are accessible by design. 

Guidelines and Standards for Digital Accessibility 

To help the web design and development community, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) was set up by the W3C. The WAI develops its work through W3C's consensus-based process. The W3C is an independent, international consortium of web designers, web developers, and people like you and me. Everyone can contribute. The W3C maintains fair and open standards for internet accessibility. These are known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG. The current version of the guidelines is WCAG 2.1. There are three levels, A, AA, and the stricter AAA.

WCAG has become the global standard for digital accessibility. Many countries have now introduced laws to ensure websites and mobile apps comply with WCAG 2.1 Level AA standards.   

Global Laws on Digital Accessibility 

For example, in the US, all government agency websites and mobile apps must comply with WCAG 2.1 Level AA. The education, banking, and healthcare sectors are also bound by these regulations. In fact, all companies with an online presence are at risk of lawsuits if visitors with a disability are not able to benefit from whatever the site is offering to non-disabled visitors.

At the federal level, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has stepped up enforcement activities to ensure online content is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Here’s a good example of new legislation being debated right now. The State of California has announced it is in the final stages of ratifying Assembly Bill 1757. This bill will require website owners to prove that their website was explicitly designed to be WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliant, that compliance has been tested in both an automated and manual way by a qualified professional and that the site bears a clearly visible link on its homepage to its certificate of compliance. 

Avoid Accessibility Litigation and Penalties  

As we move closer to #Agenda2030, legislation around web accessibility will become stricter, more widespread, and policed more closely.

Owners of non-compliant websites and apps will be subject to more frequent and more severe lawsuits and fines.

Making Progress Matters 

Together, we are all responsible for making the world a freer, fairer, and more equitable place for everyone today and those who come after us. The Internet is a human right. #Agenda2030 will help ensure everyone, everywhere can enjoy that right.  

Digital Accessibility Services

Accessibility Audit

An Accessibility Audit is a great place to start if you are not sure where your website and applications stand. Our experienced professionals conduct a thorough audit taking into account the guidelines related to your industry, company size, and other relevant factors.

Accessibility Remediation

Konabos can work with your internal team or can work independently to bring your digital assets into alignment with the required accessibility guidelines. We keep you abreast of the progress with accessibility compliance reports and stakeholder updates.

Accessibility Orchestration

Accessibility compliance can be quite detailed and overwhelming to integrate within an organization. Konabos can help plan your compliance strategy for immediate and future success.

Accessibility Testing

The best accessibility programs require diligent and thorough testing procedures. Tools can automate some aspects of accessibility testing, but manual testing and user testing with individuals with disabilities is an essential component of achieving comprehensive digital accessibility compliance.

Accessibility Maintenance

Regularly updating and maintaining accessibility features is crucial as technologies and standards evolve. Konabos can help you and your team keep on top of the changes and ensure your digital assets remain compliant.

Accessibility Training

One of the best ways to maintain accessibility compliance is through education and teamwork. Konabos can work with your staff and train them into a team of web accessibility pros, either through instructor-led training or online courses.

Let Us Help You Make Accessibility Progress

At Konabos, we are passionate about our customers’ success.  

Schedule a free meeting with us now to discover how we can accelerate your journey toward digital and web accessibility. Compliance is important. Empowering every single person in your market; even more. Give us a call at +1-866-577-6310