The “Committed to Accessibility” Promise
What does it mean to be Committed to Accessibility?
You may have noticed this badge within Accessibility Statements or website footers around the web. The presence of this image reflects an ongoing commitment that an organization has made to improving the digital accessibility of its sites, apps and content. While these sites may reflect varying states of accessibility during your visit, they are actively working with Deque to improve usability for all, including people with disabilities.
What is digital accessibility?
Digital Accessibility is the practice of making digital documents, web and mobile apps accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. Many people with visual, auditory, motor, speech or cognitive disabilities rely on various forms of assistive technology or usability features to experience the full benefit the web has to offer. Without the continuous use of features like captions, alt-text for screen readers, zoom functions, simple presentation layouts and more, digital content may be inconvenient or impossible to use.
If you’d like to learn more, this video may help.
What steps are being taken to improve digital accessibility?
Deque works with customers who have made a promise to follow through on audit results to quickly implement fixes and to regularly monitor their state of accessibility to prevent regression. These customers are working to adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and related laws like ADA, Section 508, AODA, ACAA and CVAA. Most importantly, they are working to resolve usability issues that may negatively impact people with disabilities and are adopting inclusive design and testing practices to prevent them from happening again.
How does Deque help?
Deque (pronounced dee-cue) is a web accessibility software and services company, and our mission is Digital Equality. We believe everyone, regardless of their ability, should have equal access to the information, services, applications, and everything else on the web.
We work with enterprise-level businesses and organizations to ensure that their sites and mobile apps are accessible.
Deque employs more certified accessibility experts than any testing company in the world. Over experts hold a collective 125 CPACC, WAS or CPWA certifications issued by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). With 15 employees in W3C Accessibility Working Groups, our team is shaping the future of digital accessibility testing and regularly contributing to WCAG.
We use our expertise and industry leading testing tools to audit and monitor customer sites and apps for accessibility issues. Working together in a partnership, we work to fix these issues, to put preventative measures in place for the future and to help mitigate compliance risk.
Digital Equality is our mission.
— Preety Kumar CEO, Deque Systems