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Re: Getting Your Website Accessibility Certified


From: chagnon@pubcom.com
Date: Sep 19, 2019 4:50PM

Excellent comment, Peter.

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From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Peter Shikli
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:21 PM
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Subject: [WebAIM] Getting Your Website Accessibility Certified


The WebAIM folks running this blog are well qualified to answer this question so I hope they respond. Here's what I know.

There is no authority, person or agency, who can give you a certificate of accessibility to guarantee that you are accessible and immune from a lawsuit. After we audit a website and find no accessibility violations or remediate PDFs, we provide a Letter of Reasonable Accessibility to summarize that, noting exceptions as needed. This is signed by our Expert Accessibility Analysts with years of experience who are Trusted Tester certified by the Office of Accessible Systems and Technology, and Website Accessibility Specialists certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. This adds credibility, but in the final analysis, it is just our opinion.

And keep in mind that after getting whatever letter or certification, your staff can update content to become inaccessible. Like online security, this is a process, not a destination reached with a certificate.

Peter Shikli
Prison inmates helping the internet become accessible