The Viscardi Center
Accessible Documents Are Increasingly Important
Today, more people than ever need access to accessible web documents. At least 12 million people over the age of 40 have a vision impairment, according to according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2050, the number of blind and visually impaired people in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million, concluded studies funded by the National Eye Institute. Document accessibility is essential for this large and growing group.
The Internet and digital space is no longer a luxury or a fad. It is fully integrated into the daily lives of nearly every individual. From computers and mobile devices to smart TVs and applications, we live in a digital world. With requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508 of the Rehab Act and other provisions of law, it is critical that you ensure your documents are accessible to be legally compliant.
Document Accessibility At A Glance
Our highly trained team of professionals ensure your existing or newly created electronic documents are fully accessible to people with blindness and low vision, as well as aging individuals, who may use assistive technologies and screen-reading software. By providing documents that are ADA and Section 508 compliant, and meet the standards of WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1, you are not only following the law, but supporting accessibility and inclusion for everyone.
Types of documents that should be accessible include:
• Job Applications
• Employee Handbooks
• Training Materials
• Student Worksheets
• Service Applications, i.e. loan and account applications
Document Accessibility Experts
At The Viscardi Center, our specially trained experts provide a range of services including:
- Creating new, fully accessible PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents for students, customers and employees with blindness, low vision, or other print disabilities.
- Remediating and repairing legacy online documents that are not accessible – after conducting a thorough review to determine if they meet today’s accessibility compliance standards.
- Marking headings and paragraph structure; adapting charts, lists and tables; tagging images and graphics; generating forms with fillable fields; and setting the reading order to create accessible documents for individuals with visual disabilities using screen readers and people with limited motor skills.
- Verifying the accessible digital files meet current accessibility standards including WCAG 2.1, to reach compliance with the ADA and Sections 503, 504, and 508, as well as other accessibility laws.
Viscardi’s Document Accessibility Team
Provides pricing quotes within 24 hours of receiving materials
Delivers accessible document files within 3-5 business days, depending on the complexity of the document
Transfers all materials via a secure FTP site
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