Accessibility Testing and Audits
As an agency, you work hard to serve the people of Georgia. Your digital presence, as a reflection of your agency’s dedication and outreach, needs to be easily available to everyone. At Digital Services Georgia, we offer accessibility testing to make sure your site, as well as your mobile and web applications, comply with federal and state standards.
Our Accessibility Initiative was our initial effort to make sure sites on GovHub were accessible to those with disabilities. Today, maintaining and exceeding federal standards continues to be our aim.
Working with our partners at AccessGA and the Georgia’s ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act,) Coordinator’s Office, we provide accessibility audits through extensive and thorough testing.
Section 508 Compliance
In order to meet the needs of various groups, three levels of WCAG 2.0 conformance are defined:
- A (lowest)
This is the most basic level for accessibility and has an impact on a broad range disabilities. The criteria doesn’t focus on any one type of disability in particular but is a starting point for presentation logic and readability.
- AA (standard)
Criteria has a high impact for users including some with specific disabilities. Our system is based on this standard. Code, font, and color combinations are optimized for screen readers for those with low vision.
- AAA (highest)
The highest level is focused on specific disabilities. Some improvements may be difficult or expensive to implement depending on need. However, many of these higher requirements are already met by our system.
If you’re a state agency, you’re required to be Section 508 compliant as per the state’s accessibility standards.
Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act requires that all electronic Information Technology needs to be accessible by people with disabilities.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are internationally recognized and adopted standards for digital accessibility. Defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the WCAG is the best way to make sure your content can be accessed by all of your users.