WCAG Audits & Certifications

We’ve developed a process to help our clients upgrade their existing websites or web application to meet WCAG A, AA, or AAA Conformance.

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Our WCAG Audit & Certification Process

Our multi-phase process for auditing websites and web applications against WCAG Success Criteria includes both automated & manual tactics. This process ensures that all WCAG violations are identified and remediated in a way that conforms to WCAG standards. 

Upon successful completion of the audit and certification process, we’ll work with you to update your Accessibility Statement so that it includes an Accessible Web Certification Statement. We also provide a completed VPAT document that you can provide to clients to win more deals. Learn more about our process.

The steps of our auditing process are as follows:

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Steps of Our Certification Process

Step 1: Client Demo, Scoping, and Onboarding

We’ll set up a time to demo your website or web application via screenshare.  We’ll discuss your WCAG conformance goals and put together a proposal outlining which templates, views, and pages will be included in the audit and certification. Most clients install our Website Badge immediately and we work together to create an Accessibility Policy outlining the timeline to reach WCAG conformance. 

We’ll assign a Web Accessibility Specialist to your project who will run a battery of automated and manual tests on each page we’re auditing. We’ll determine where your website or web app is passing or failing WCAG success criteria and load all the failures into Console as remediation tasks with detailed instructions for your developers.

Your developers will use the list of remediation tasks in Console to fix the issues discovered in the audit. Each task will identify the page path, the WCAG success criteria that failed, and how we’d recommend fixing the issue.  Your Web Accessibility Specialist is available to provide assistance and guidance throughout remediation. 

Once all the remediation tasks are completed by your developers and marked as “Ready to Review”, we’ll complete a second thorough audit to verify the tasks were completed within WCAG requirements. 

Now it’s time to verify that we’ve made your website or web application truly accessible for users with disabilities.  We’ll create a list of scenarios that we want to test, then work with a member of our UX Testing Team to navigate those scenarios on a screen share.  We typically uncover a handful of issues and load them into Console for your developers to complete. 

Your Web Accessibility Specialist will work with you to update your Accessibility Policy, which will now include a Certification Statement from Accessible Web.  We’ll also complete a VPAT that outlines the scope of our testing and outlines the details of how your website or web app conforms with WCAG.  Most clients sign up for an A11y Partner Program console subscription so we can work together to maintain conformance and display our Certification Seal on your Website Badge.

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After your Audit & Certification

Many of our clients will subscribe to Accessible Web Console after their initial audit and certification engagement to help them maintain their accessibility through Page Monitoring and our A11Y Partner Program.

View the Console Features Overview to learn more.