Here at TestPros, we are proud to have been continuously involved with IT Accessibility from the very beginning when the U.S. Access Board first published the Section 508 Guidelines for IT Hardware and Software back in 1998 and 2000. Since then, we have independently assessed hundreds of software and hardware products for compliance with the Section 508 guidelines, and other accessibility guidelines such as the W3C WCAG, ADA, AODA, EN 301549, IS 5568, and others.
IT Accessibility is now gaining more momentum than ever, as it is in the forefront of the U.S. Government’s new push for a better online Customer Experience (CX). CX is a much larger initiative and includes Accessibility, Usability, and other aspects of customer satisfaction. For more information on this initiative, start with this webpage: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/12/13/executive-order-on-transforming-federal-customer-experience-and-service-delivery-to-rebuild-trust-in-government/.
The work we do with accessibility assessments is particularly important for the IT Industry and its users and knowing that we have done our part in advancing accessibility for all of us is extremely rewarding.
I encourage you to keep accessibility in mind whenever you get the opportunity to provide input into the design, development, and testing of software and/or hardware.
And for additional information on this subject, here are a few websites that you can start with:
Kevin Murray, CEO