Simply defined, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the U.S. Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that people with various physical, visual or cognitive disabilities need to be able to understand, navigate and use the functionality in your website—just as traditional users do.
Meeting ADA and 508 standards doesn’t have to be difficult. Access can often be remedied by simply including features such as text transcripts and video captioning, or by using alternative text for imagery. Ignoring these users’ needs sends a not-so-welcoming message about your brand. If that isn’t bad enough, it could even spark legal troubles. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently refining ADA requirements for the U.S., with the end goal of ensuring the internet becomes an accessible resource and tool for everyone.
Diving into the world of ADA and 508 compliance can be intimidating. There are different kinds of standards and different levels of compliance to consider. You need to determine the most relevant plan for your website. Let’s tackle it by stepping through the main points you will need to navigate through the ADA and 508 landscapes.
The US Forest Service needed training to help employees better manage the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint process. d’Vinci designed and developed a five-module eLearning course where learners experience EEO scenarios from the perspective of a manager or an employee. The course was developed using d’Vinci’s 508-compliant ecoLearn™ content development framework to meet requirements for both accessibility and interactivity. View the project in our portfolio.
The National Park Service wanted eLearning courses to train employees about web strategy, writing, analytics, accessibility and publishing. d’Vinci employed interactive exercises and scenarios to engage the learners while keeping the course 508 compliant and accessible for learners with disabilities. View the project in our portfolio.