WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

Accessible Website Certification

WebAIM can provide a wide variety of accessibility services, including strategic consultation, training, hands-on website evaluation, automated site scanning, and more... all tailored to the unique needs of the organization.

What is Certification?

Upon verification that your site does not pose substantive barriers to users with disabilities, WebAIM can publish a statement on webaim.org indicating the substantial conformance of your website to WCAG on a specific date.

Here's an example.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for the conformance statement itself; it is included as part of a larger evaluation engagement.

What standard do you use when evaluating a website?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are primarily the basis for our evaluations. We will also document other accessibility issues not defined in the guidelines. If your organization is either part of, or does business with, the U.S. government, then we can verify that your site substantially conforms with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Many other countries or states in the U.S. have laws regarding accessibility which we can evaluate to. WebAIM can even help you create your own accessibility policy to which we can help you attain conformance. Conformance statements are valid for two years.

Is this the same as a VPAT?

Government agencies often require a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) that documents your product's conformance with Section 508. Our conformance statements and evaluation reports also can document substantial conformance, but they do not take the place of a VPAT. WebAIM can, however, help you author a VPAT.

What if my site starts to have accessibility problems?

WebAIM can re-evaluate your website update your conformance statement. This can be done upon your request or at regular intervals. We can also show you how to embed accessibility into your regular processes.

Contact WebAIM about obtaining a conformance statement for your website.