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Re: Getting Your Website Accessibility Certified


From: Steve Green
Date: Sep 18, 2019 8:30PM

You can also do a VPAT certificate, which provides far more granular compliance information than an accessibility statement. It also shows who did the testing, when they did it and what was in and out of scope. Unlike an accessibility statement, it has a consistent structure so every VPAT looks the same regardless of who wrote it. That said, the level of detail that people provide can vary a lot.


Steve Green
Managing Director
Test Partners Ltd

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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Getting Your Website Accessibility Certified

There is no "official" certification you can do. That is, there is no governing body that monitors or grants certificates. It's not like an Underwriters Laboratory seal like you can get in the United States with regards to electronic equipment.

What you can do is write an accessibility statement. See https://www.w3.org/WAI/planning/statements/

You can document your commitment to accessibility, what you've done to achieve compliance, what your future plans are, how you test, etc. The aforementioned URL has a lot of good information.

As Lucy said, even if you documented that a site was 100% compliant, the next time code gets pushed to production, it might break that compliance.
So a "certificate" is only good for the day you write it and then it's expired.