We routinely build and remediate websites that meet or exceed WACG 2.1 AA standards upon delivery. All of our staff members undergo accessibility training, and hold a variety of certificates from Deque University. We have also developed and remediated websites that required stricter governmental standards.
Website accessibility audits can cover a lot of ground. You want a trained professional who is going to take a look at your content in an in-depth manner, rather than just perform an automated check of your site utilizing an online tool.
Online accessibility tools such as the WAVE Accessibility Evaluation Tool are a great beginning point, but they can’t give you a true view of the overall accessibility of your website, much less what to specifically do about it. That requires a trained human tester.
Many of our clients opt for a Sampling Audit. In this type of audit, we take a representative sample of the pages and posts on your site, and give you information about exactly what needs to change for those pages. You would then be responsible for extrapolating these changes throughout the rest of your site.
For example, if the images on at least some of the pages or posts that we sample are missing alt tags, then you likely have images on many other pages that are missing alt tags. You would then need to go page-by-page to investigate and potentially remediate.
This audit includes up to an hour of consultation time to answer any questions you may have about the audit results.
Our sampling audits look at:
- General issues for the whole site such as but not limited to
- menu compliance
- keyboard navigation that is controlled by your theme.
- If you have forms on the website, we will look at one of them – usually this is the contact form – for any issues related to forms.
- 25 pages or posts that you choose
- We suggest including every layout template
- We recommend analysis of some of your more highly trafficked pages/posts.
- If you run a shop or ecommerce, you probably want us to look at at least the shop and one single product page.
- You might want to make sure that we look at a variety of pages over time, potentially also a variety of authors if you have multiple authors.
What does the final audit report look like?
The deliverable on our audit is a 15+ page PDF report that outlines things that need to be changed, and exactly what needs to be done to bring them into compliance. The fee for the sampling audit depends on the number of unique templates and layouts included in the audit. You can add on extra URL’s (pages and posts) at additional fees.
Who can we hire to do the remediation?
You do not need to use us to do the remediation work – you should be able to take the audit report to any developer with accessibility training and have them do the work.
If you prefer, we do take on accessibility remediation work. As a part of our audit report, we will give a quote on remediation tasks needed on your site.
Full Site Audit
Some of our clients prefer to get the full pulse of what is going on with accessibility on their website. Full site audits are especially critical for clients who interface with governmental agencies, receive state or federal grant money, and/or provide educational or health services.
What does a full site audit entail?
A full site audit would look at every single page and post of your website and give you a detailed report of exactly what needs to change on every page. Because preparing this detailed and thorough information is very labor-intensive, full site audits can run into thousands of dollars.
Even with a site that only has a few hundred posts/pages, those pages and posts need to be handled on an individual basis. What is causing an error on one page, is not necessarily repeated on all pages. Many pages, especially if pages are created over time by more than one author, present unique challenges.
The value of this approach is that it ensures that every issue is addressed in terms of ADA compliance. This can potentially avoid a costly lawsuit, or loss of grant money if items are missed due to a more overview approach. If you are looking for a full site audit, please contact us for a quote.
Who can we hire to do the remediation of a full site audit?
As is the case with a sampling audit, you do not need to use us to do the remediation work – you should be able to take the audit report to any developer with accessibility training and have them do the work.
Our regular hourly rate for this work is $125 per hour. As a part of our audit report, we will give a quote on remediation tasks needed on your site.
After remediation, we are there for you as a resource as you update your site. We have assisted our clients with maintaining compliance. Here are just a few ways that we can provide assistance at our hourly rate.
- evaluating and choosing accessible plugins
- creating accessible PDFs
- creating accessible infographics
- regular accessibility checks
If you would like to chat about your potential needs and get acquainted to see if we are a good fit for you, let’s schedule a phone or Zoom call. You can use this scheduling link to set up a meeting.