EIS is in full compliance with all Section 508 standards. In order to ensure Section 508 compliance EIS applies our processes to remain current and compliant with requirements as documented below:
- Applicability – Section 508 accessibility can apply to IT systems to include, but not limited to, software applications, web-based information (intranet/web), and video, multimedia, and self-contained products.
- Standards – Our staff monitor Section 508 for updates. For example, by applying Section 508 and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) best practices, we ensure sites use semantic markup and allow for the appropriate tagging of non-text items. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, a newer guideline, is also followed. All Electronic and IT (EIT) procured through this contract will meet the applicable accessibility standards specified in 36CFR1194.2, unless an agency exception to this requirement exists.
- References – We monitor the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) http://www.w3.org/WAI/, and U.S. Government Section 508 http://www.section508.gov/, for updates.
- Compliance –We review and assess compliance of existing electronic media for compliance with standards. Remediation plans are completed and executed to address any adjustments required. For new projects, we ensure compliance with Section 508 from the start.
- Toolsets – EIS has extensive experience with tools such as “Job Access with Speech” (JAWS), a screen reader, used to assist the 508 test, and ACCVerify, which is used to scan the code to ensure the required tags and hooks are implemented in support of the screen reader (i.e. JAWS). We also utilize toolsets such as FireEyes to run 508 compliance scans as part of the Deque WorldSpace accessibility testing tool. Monthly or bi-monthly outputs are provided to the team for remediation of any findings. We utilize references and checklists from organizations such as Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM). We have experience also with toolsets such as IBM Rational Policy Tester Accessibility Edition, HTML CodeSniffer, WAVE Toolbar, Web Accessibility Toolbar, Contrast Ratio, Color Oracle, and screen readers like VoiceOver and NVDA.
- Testing – Our staff run manual and automated tests against Section 508 compliance test results once remediation has been completed in order to ensure compliance. We conduct a Section 508 compliance audit after new features or enhancements are rolled out onto a system or website or application.
EIS certifies our products and services are in compliance with Section 508 technical standards as shown in our Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).
Additionally, EIS completes any required GPAT forms relevant to specific Federal contracts. It is our experience and understanding that the GPAT reflects the government agency’s accessibility requirements for the type of information system to be procured and the resulting vendor system compliance with Section 508 regulations. We submit the completed GPAT forms as required, demonstrating our plan upon contract award for complying with Sections 1194.21, 1194. 22, 1194.23, 1194.24, 1194.25, 1194.26, 1194.31, 1194.41 of the Rehabilitation Act. We update contract specific GPAT submissions for any new information system developed under the respective contract or for system changes such as updated versions of operating systems.
EIS is in full compliance with the following Section 508 Standards: Section 1194.21 – Software Applications and Operating Systems; Section 1194.22 – Web Based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications; Section 1194.23 – Telecommunications Products; Section 1194.24 – Video and Multimedia Products; Section 1194.25 – Self-Contained, Closed Products; Section 1194.26 – Desktop and Portable Computers; Section 1194.31 – Functional Performance Criteria; Section 1194.41 – Information, Documentation and Support.