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Accessibility Policy

Overview

The federal government requires its agencies to comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794d, Section 508, subpart B 1194.22 “Web-based intranet and internet information and applications” (“Section 508”). The law does not require compliance because Quacito is a private entity. Nonetheless, Quacito aspires to make its Web pages as accessible as is practicable in keeping with its founding, and enduring, philosophy of accessibility in its many forms.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that we consider access by disabled people at all stages of website and mobile application development.

Quacito is committed to ensuring that its websites, intranets, online and mobile applications are accessible to everyone. People access the web in many ways and Quacito supports inclusion for all, regardless of disability, capability or technology.

With this policy we will:

  • document our approach to accessibility; and
  • regularly review how we provide information and services on our websites

Procurement

This policy applies to all web content and mobile applications produced or updated by Quacito. In addition, Quacito will ensure third-party content providers are aware of our web accessibility policy.
This policy should be referenced within any contract of services or statements of work for web content, websites, services, or applications.

Any contract must include provision for an independent statement of conformance stating that the work meets the required standard. This should form part of the deliverables approval process.

Policy

All new and redesigned web content published after the effective date of this policy by Quacito, both for public and internal websites and services, will conform to  Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA success criteria.
All existing web content published prior to the effective date of this policy will either be
This policy does not stipulate any specific technology or design approach. The aim is to maximize access to and use of Quacito websites by people with disabilities.

Communicating Technology

  • Simple language
    We will use simple language that is easy to understand and attempt to avoid the use of jargon, acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Navigation
    Navigation menus will be consistent throughout the site.
    Links will be visually distinctive and link text clearly describes their purpose
    Descriptive page titles will be used, along with a breadcrumb trail and color coding to help users identify where they are in the site.
  • Font and text size
    We’ll be using fonts and text sizes that we think are clear and easy to read. Text can be re-sized using normal browser controls.
  • Training

Quacito will provide training to:
Quacito corporate staff (president, CTO, MD)
Project Manager
Technology Leads
Software Development team members as appropriate to their specific project requirements.

Exclusions

Web content that has been archived is not subjected to the standards referenced in this policy
Should there be a request for access to archived content by any individual with a disability, that content will be made available in a suitable format within 10 business days. Where it is not technically possible to make the content available, a suitable alternative should be agreed with the individual. The department or team responsible for the creation of the content is responsible for making it accessible.

Policy Monitoring and Review

All areas of the Quacito website will be reviewed annually using the process described at Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology. Accessibility checks will be incorporated into the publishing workflow for all new content.

Revision History

Date of Change Responsible Summary of Change
March 2, 2017 CTO Initial Draft Created
March 6, 2018 CTO Communicating Technology Added
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