Deque Systems Announces a Comprehensive 508 Refresh/WCAG Transition Package

For Immediate Release

March 02, 2015

Deque Press ReleaseHerndon, Virginia—Nearly two decades after the original Section 508 Standards were issued, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) makes the transition to the Section 508 Refresh imminent. Deque has compiled the breadth of its technology, training, content and functional expertise to help make this transition easier for Federal Government Agencies and Contractors.

Commenting on the NPRM, Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque said, “The 508 Refresh is a giant leap forward for accessibility in the United States, replacing the outdated standard with the internationally accepted WCAG 2.0, and addressing mobile, dynamic web application and real time communication. The effective date of the 508 Refresh may seem like it is still a long way off but by engaging Deque today, we can help Government Organizations to minimize the negative impact and cost.

The Deque Comprehensive 508 Refresh/WCAG Transition Package

Comply—Deque’s WorldSpace for Compliance solution maps the current Section 508 standards to the Refresh. WorldSpace will help Federal Agencies and Contractors easily anticipate changes required to meet the new standards for their web and mobile Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Understand—Deque University has courses that provide recommendations and remediation strategies to move to the new WCAG 2.0 standards while leveraging the existing investment in Section 508 compliance. We have a complete mapping of 508 to WCAG that clearly identifies the differences, allowing you to build on what you know.

Validate—Our team of experts can provide you with detailed accessibility assessments, from wireframes to release, that are accurate, clear and actionable.

Prepare—We can help you get ahead of the curve by integrating accessibility into your design and development processes—including pairing your designers with our experts to build accessibility personas, user stories and acceptance criteria, usability testing by persons with disabilities, using automation best practices for accessibility testing in your QA processes, and more.

Deque experts can assist Telecommunication providers and providers of customer premise equipment to comply with the updates to Section 255 guidelines addressed by the Section 508 Refresh.

Effective and Efficient“Streamlining, automating, and integrating digital accessibility for the best-known large Fortune 500’s and Government Agencies for the last 15 years has helped us push the bar,” sayid Mike Farrell, Executive Vice President, Sales, Deque Systems, Inc. “We have pushed the bar even higher by addressing challenges like accessibility of social media, SharePoint and third party solutions with our Amaze solution. Deque can help make informed decisions and provide actionable advice on making the switch to the new Section 508 mandates to agencies and contractors impacted by the Section 508 Refresh.”

About Deque Systems

Founded in 1999, Deque Systems has paved the way for digital equality both from the user and technology perspectives. Deque has developed a uniquely robust suite of software tools that include WorldSpace, FireEyes, and Amaze. A thought leader in digital accessibility software and services, Deque was awarded the Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award for Innovation for the Amaze technology, and the company has been recognized in the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for four years running. Learn more at

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