Americans living with disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States, making up nearly 20 percent of the US population. Section 508 Compliance addresses this significant portion of US residents, by regulating the accessibility of electronic information that is provided by government organizations.
What is Section 508 Compliance?
To best explain what 508 Compliance is, and the purpose of that compliance by government organizations, it’s best to consult the concise explanation given by Section508.gov:
“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. Inaccessible technology interferes with an ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, open new opportunities for people with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘794 d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to access available to others.”
How does Granicus address Section 508 Compliance?
With a commitment to maintaining Section 508 Compliance for all of our clients, the Communications Cloud platform is certified by a third party testing organization, The Wehrman Collective (known as WeCo). This rigorous and independent vetting ensures all public-facing aspects of our product meet each of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) requirements.
Granicus makes use of WeCo’s services, in part, due to their comprehensive assessments by Certified Test Consultants, instead of automated testing software. By leveraging real people living with disabilities to test our products Granicus can ensure that all aspects of our platform meet or exceed the required accessibility criteria for Section 508 Compliance in a complete and human fashion. For more information on WeCo, click here.
Below, our Voluntary Product Accessibility Template document is attached for review, and provides detailed analysis of each subsection of Section 508 Standards, including how each piece relates to Granicus and our compliance with it.