Tampa, FL, October 17, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- VASTEC is proud to announce it now offers free comprehensive web accessibility analysis through its partnership with the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA). Through this service now available at VASTEC.com, organizations can quickly assess the accessibility levels of their site, gaining better understanding of how to best meet Section 508 requirements.
“Most organizations are increasingly aware of the need to make their web sites accessible to people with disabilities, and meet federal guidelines. But understanding how to accomplish this can be complicated,” said Shannon Kelly, Section 508 Subject Matter Expert for VASTEC. “By making this service available, we can quickly give those organizations a comprehensive look at their website, measuring accessibility strengths and weaknesses as mapped to Section 508 standards as well as WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).”
“The unique difference with this service is that it provides an electronically generated report card identifying the details of any error,” Kelly said. "That includes the source code and line, as well as repair instructions making it easy for companies to remediate and maintain an accessible site."
VASTEC services both government and commercial clients as a premier provider of document scanning, digital services, document and records management systems and solutions, and Section 508 professional services including document repair and training. It is offering accessibility web analysis through partnership with BoIA, whose mission is to ensure that internet content is equally available to everyone. BoIA achieves this by testing websites and providing comprehensive solutions to resolve accessibility issues.
“Accessibility-related issues impact all internet users, from a visually impaired person who needs to understand an image being displayed, to a mobile user not able to order a product, to the everyday user clicking on a dead link,” said Kim Testa, Director of the Bureau of Internet Accessibility. “Aside from being frustrating, in many cases it’s illegal to discriminate by only allowing specific groups to view information intended for the general public.”
Section 508 refers to a 1998 amendment of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, it must be accessible to people with disabilities. As a document conversion and digital services provider specializing in Section 508 accessibility solutions, VASTEC provides services that can help Federal agencies and organizations desiring to do business with the Federal government, meet these requirements.
Signing up for the comprehensive VASTEC web accessibility test is quick and easy, and available at VASTEC.com. The applicant enters the website domain name and contact information to which the report can be sent. Most reports will be generated within 24 hours. The first fully detailed report is complimentary. Once satisfied with the quality of the analysis and repair instructions, you can purchase the service allowing you to schedule regular automated scans or conducts on demand scans as changes are made to your site.
“Education is an important part of creating and maintaining a Section 508 compliant website. This service does a great job of that,” Kelly said. “The service empowers our clients not only to better understand requirements, but then take the right steps to ensure their website is accessible to all.”
VASTEC’s accessibility expertise comes at the highest level of the Federal government, providing on-going accessibility support for the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service. In addition, VASTEC has processed millions of confidential government records to Section 508 standards, for agencies including the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
More information on VASTEC’s Section 508 services can be found on the company’s website VASTEC.com, or by contacting Shannon Kelly at (813) 222-3210.
About VASTEC: VASTEC, Inc. is a national provider of solutions in the area of document capture and conversion, document accessibility, and Section 508 training for both Federal Government and private industry clients. VASTEC offers accessibility compliance and solutions for document capture, retrieval, workflow and records management, with the capability to convert and remediate electronic data into accessible formats in compliance with Accessibility and Section 508 standards. An authorized partner of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), VASTEC’s processes, procedures, and security controls have been audited to DOD standards established by FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act). More information on products and services can be found at VASTEC.com.
About The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA): The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) is an International organization that provides compliance testing for the guidelines as outlined in Section 508 and WCAG 2. BoIA's Web-based service requires no software installation or configuration. Automated and on-demand scans provide continuous monitoring of members' website's content. Accessibility issues are identified and presented in a prioritized report with suggested remediation. BoIA's website accessibility testing enables organizations to understand how inclusive their website is to internet users of all abilities. More information about the BoIA can be found at boia.org.