OnNation has the pleasure of being the only Indigenous partner with One of the world's foremost experts on achieving digital compliance for Canada and the United States.
The digital world has become the real world. Think about your daily activities: shopping, chatting with friends, ordering food, reading the news, watching movies. Where do you do that? Online!
Consider this: People with disabilities are rarely able to enjoy the same experiences. That includes blind and deaf people, people with motor and cognitive disabilities, and a rapidly aging population encountering muscle weakness, memory loss and all the other consequences of senescence. Just imagine life today without a smartphone, a laptop or tablet, or the everyday apps that make life manageable. It's downright scary. But that’s just Tuesday (and every other day of the week) for people with disabilities.
Technology produces solutions, but not fast enough...
Luckily, developing technology is producing a range of solutions for internet users with physical or visual disabilities. For example, screen readers enable blind users to navigate the internet, and keyboard-navigable sites support users with Parkinson’s who can only press one key. But technology wasn’t moving fast enough. Only a small fraction of websites are accessible for users with disabilities; most are still littered with obstacles. The only way to make a site fully accessible was to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to companies that provide manual accessibility services, and then keep on paying a monthly fee to maintain accessibility whenever you make small changes to your site.
The alternative, which some businesses tried, was to use cheap plugins and extensions. These options are low cost, but they are not nearly effective enough. They usually only address between 5% and 15% of accessibility legislation requirements, so they aren’t practical and don’t meet the legal need for compliance.
So a solution existed in theory, but it was out of reach for most businesses in practice. Only a tiny percentage of companies could afford to spend thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands to ensure their sites are accessible. In the end, the people who suffered were users with disabilities, who can browse a meager percentage of sites, at best.
This was the bleak situation and there was no solution on the horizon. Our partner's breakthrough idea was to create the first-ever solution that automatically works to support screen readers, make websites keyboard-navigable, stop flashing animations that can trigger seizures and more, all for an affordable price and in record time. And we succeeded. The solution uses 2 artificial intelligence technologies to smoothly and rapidly make any website fully accessible for any business, no matter how small or large, for as little as 10% of the cost of a traditional manual web accessibility project.
The key features of Accessibility as a service fall into 5 sections:
Compliance Dashboard & Audits
Achieve Digital Compliance for ADA / AODA / WCAG
From audit, to implementation, to ongoing WCAG compliance monitoring, we combine software with smart human audits to ensure your UX is compliant.
We will complete automated, technical, and functional tests on the user interface of your website, wireframes in development, and mobile apps. This will allow us to identify barriers faced by people with disabilities, as per WCAG 2.0 Level A, and AA success criteria. Upon completion of the audit, we will provide reports with key recommendations and fixes with code-level snippets.
Accessibility Program Management
A managed service that delivers immediate impact through a compelling accessibility statement with an action plan for sustained compliance. Our managed service complements, extends, and often creates from scratch the internal expertise at our client partners. This pioneering approach drives organizational compliance with regulatory and statutory accessibility standards. Through the remediation of sites and apps, PDFs, and video files, we solve short-term accessibility needs as we develop longer-term strategies for complete and sustained compliance.
Risk Mitigation & Governance
Navigate the Law, Safeguard Your Business
A litigation support team including top accessibility lawyers to help you navigate demand letters, ADA citations, regulatory guidance, and future compliance. We help you quickly demonstrate conformance, mitigating exposure following a demand letter, even helping accelerate resolution of a website accessibility lawsuit. Our legal and testing teams have deep knowledge of WCAG legal requirements that set the standard for legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 508, and put that knowledge to work protecting you from expensive litigation and damage to your brand.
Training & Enablement
A System of Record Backed by Training & Experts for your internal processes, helping your team to permanently integrate digital accessibility practices into all relevant workflows.
Your web developers, program managers, quality assurance personnel, and content authors will receive technical training on digital accessibility. Through the customization of content to optimize the amount of relevant material, we coach your trainers and are responsible for a seamless and successful knowledge transfer. Comprehensive coursework consists of training manuals and reference materials such as checklists, testing techniques, playbooks, style guides, best practices, and implementation processes.
Certification & Conformance
3rd Party Validation & Brand Purpose
The company icon on your website conveys third-party validation for your digital accessibility commitment, helping you further communicate brand purpose alongside your ally status. By prominently displaying the recognizable, interactive icon on the homepage, our clients send a signal of dedication to serving people with disabilities. Each month, more than 100 million people visit digital experiences that feature the icon.