Accessibility Assistant Statement

 

AccessibilityAssistant.com (“Accessibility Assistant”, LLC.) is dedicated to providing a low-cost, quick & easy to implement technology and service to empower web developers and small business owners to include all potential site users. By adding Accessibility Assistant audio & voice technology to your website, the full spectrum of users including those with specific access problems or disabilities can engage and interact.

Web Developers, Programmers, coders...

We are developers too so we pledge to create solutions that you can use yourself quickly and easily without annoying sales calls, complex licenses or confusing APIs. Our technology is available in standard JavaScript/jQuery format for direct use. We have provided documentation and assistance as needed. Most front-end web developers can signup and implement our technology in as little as 10 minutes.

Small business owners...

Expanding your market and reaching out to disadvantage people can be a huge hurdle, especially if you don't have a web programmer easily available. That is why we have created a simple to use interface that allows you to configure and deploy our technology. Support is available if you need it or by request you can speak to one of our sales representatives about having us remediate your website for you. As technology plays a more important role in our lives and as world populations continue to increase the potential market for allowing disadvantaged users is significant.

Hands free users...

In our effort to provide fully accessible content we have optimized and begin providing our technology for use on mobile. Our mission is to continue to expand and simplify the accessible toolbar allowing users of all type to have a hands free web experience.

Disadvantaged Users...

Majority of websites are development with a high amount of rich media ideally targeted to users with little or no disadvantages. If you are one of millions suffering from sight or physical disability you know how hard it is to use the internet today. There are a handful of tools out there you may already be using but they fail to put you on a level playing field. Our first goal was to create a virtual assistant that would combine audio, voice and visual techniques to allow you to disseminate large amounts of media and interact naturally. We attempt to educate and empower developers and site owners to make subtle but important changes to there website to make your life easier. We also provided our Accessibility Assistant toolbar so you can control how you interact with a wide range of features for specific disadvantages. The Simple Stream voice dialog technology attempts to simplify content/media rich sites so you can quickly engage without listening to the whole page or following difficult to use links.

Standards...

Our technology is based on the popular JavaScript & jQuery languages to fully integrate to any modern web browser and website. Our remediation tools leveraged the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to ensure correct design and implementation. Use of W3C validation tools are also used to insure programming is suitable for today's browsers. This site has passed through as many of these guidelines as possible to insure a fair and responsible interaction. These globally recognized best practices (as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium) consist of three levels of accessibility measurement (A, AA, and AAA). To the greatest extent feasible, Accessibility Assistant has elected to conform to Level AA of these guidelines.

This website and related sites are monitored and tested regularly by web accessibility professionals and Accessibility Assistant tools to identity usability issues. Remediation is handled by our team and tracked through our system.

Related Links

Section 508 Information and news about the accessibility standards introduced by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
Department of Justice Section 508 Section 508 specifics from the Department of Justice
U.S. Access Board Design guidelines for electronic and information technology
This website has been tested using a variety of assistive technologies. We recommend using the following web browser / screen reader combinations for an optimized experience:

  • For Windows users: JAWS and Internet Explorer or NVDA and Firefox
  • For Mac users: VoiceOver and Safari
  • For mobile users: VoiceOver for the iPhone and TalkBack for Android devices

Best Practices

To provide the most universally accessible web experience possible, here are some of the many best practices that have been adopted across the Accessibility Assistant website:

  • Semantically structured markup includes appropriate headings, paragraphs, and lists for keyboard or screen reader navigation and to aid in page comprehension.
  • Alternative formats provided for all multimedia content, including captions and full transcripts.
  • Links include unique and descriptive text that helps describe the link destination. ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) attributes for additional information about links and indication of new browser windows.
  • Alternative attributes included for all images.
  • Tables used for data; all data cells in a data table are associated with their respective headers.
  • Skip Navigation links within the page header provide quick access to page content. Association of form fields with labels, and form error messages with ARIA attributes to the form field.
  • All pages have page titles and title tags written for easy comprehension of the page content.
  • We validate that all links and buttons can be accessed with a keyboard in a logical tab order, and that all content is read to assistive technologies in the correct reading order.
  • Providing Users with a Free & Customizable Assistive Utility.

Toolbar

In addition to the above mentioned techniques and strategies – and since not all site visitors have access to assistive tools such as screen readers – Accessibility Assistant has provided unique and innovative Web Enhancement Tools that provides a customizable user experience for site visitors who choose to engage it. Similar to other universally designed solutions such ramps, rails, curb cuts, and automatic doors, the AccessibilityAssistant Toolbar is there for those who might find benefit from its use.
Learn More About Accessibility Assistant Web Enhancement Tools

Feedback

Dedicated Web Accessibility Help Desk

As another layer of support, dedicated web accessibility experts are available to assist site visitors with any issues accessing content and the various services and functions made available across the Accessibility Assistant website. Across the Accessibility Assistant enabled website, end-users may choose to engage with the Accessibility Assistant Toolbar Web Accessibility Help Desk to report and troubleshoot accessibility related issues.

If you enjoyed using Accessibility Assistant’s website, or if you encounter issues with any page on our site that presents a challenge for individuals with disabilities, please submit your feedback.

To engage with an Accessibility Assistant Service Representative, please submit a trouble ticket or call us at 000-000-0000.

Third Party Sites

In addition to this website, we make use of different 3rd party websites such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to spread news and information about Accessibility Assistant. These sites, which are not controlled by Accessibility Assistant, may present challenges for individuals with disabilities that we are not able to control or remediate. Please know that these sites are not used as the sole source of (or sole vehicle for communicating) important information.

As made publicly available, here are the Accessibility Policies provided from these 3rd party sites: Twitter Accessibility
YouTube Accessibility Policy
Facebook Accessibility Policy
BBC Accessibility Policy