Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Simpleview website designs are developed to comply with W3C WCAG1, WCAG2 (WAI) and Section 508 accessibility guidelines. We use tools provided by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to validate code and to ensure adherence to accessibility standards. On occasion, strict adherence may require a tradeoff in terms of design capabilities. In cases such as these, we help customers evaluate the impact of one method compared to another to provide the best possible experience for individuals with special needs as well as those who interact using the customary interface.

Since the majority of our clients are governmental organizations, Simpleview works to achieve Section 508 compliance as mandated by the client's own or legal requirements. Although 508 compliance is primarily adopted in the United States, its goals, practices and guidelines are very similar to WCAG 2.0 standard adopted by the European Union. Simpleview websites can be successfully run through a compliance auditing tool, though an audit has never been requested. We have achieved this by adhering to the following clause:

"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, if the government entities receive Federal funding, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, generally require that State and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue burden. One way to help meet these requirements is to ensure that government websites have accessible features for people with disabilities, using the simple steps described in this document. An agency with an inaccessible website may also meet its legal obligations by providing an alternative accessible way for citizens to use the programs or services, such as a staffed telephone information line. These alternatives, however, are unlikely to provide an equal degree of access in terms of hours of operation and the range of options and programs available. For example, job announcements and application forms, if posted on an accessible website, would be available to people with disabilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."