The Accessibility Management Platform (AMP)
AMP is a web-based platform that provides a scalable, turnkey solution for meeting your Section 508, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliance needs. AMP provides the infrastructure to facilitate all aspects of a successful accessibility compliance program.
AMP’s powerful testing engine and work flow, accessible development best practices and extensive training course library allow organizations to quickly and efficiently incorporate accessibility compliance into existing development processes. This ensures organizations have the infrastructure to rapidly conform to accessibility standards in a cost effective fashion. Once a baseline level of conformance has been implemented AMP provides the support to track and maintain compliance over time. It accomplishes all this while providing an on-demand, cloud based ownership model drastically reducing total cost of ownership and overhead for accessibility efforts.
Auditing and Testing
Auditing is a critical aspect of any accessibility program. A successful audit will identify and prioritize all accessibility problems, define a method for addressing those issues, and document the system’s overall compliance with Section 508, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung (BITV), KWCAG, and other accessibility standards.
AMP provides the ability to perform formal and informal compliance testing across a variety of accessibility standards and technologies. Based on SSB’s proven Unified Audit Methodology, AMP’s testing support extends from the ability to perform in-browser, quick page tests to scanning complete enterprise level websites. AMP supports a wide degree of formality in testing from quick, page specific tests to full, formal compliance audits of systems.
Enterprise level accessibility initiatives demand comprehensive reports that are tailored to specific roles within an organization. AMP supports this requirement by providing detailed reports across a number of parameters, including views of standards-based compliance levels, best practices for identified violations, affected modules, and violation prioritization. These reports allow organizations to document current accessibility status and compliance rates and create a prioritized project plan for addressing issues.
Accessible Development Best Practices
SSB often works with clients to provide customized accessibility standards and guidelines. These customized accessibility specifications include implementation standards and e-Learning modules that are specific to the client’s development environment. The customization is based largely on findings from an assessment on IT produced by the client either via formal Audit or informal assessment. The accessibility specification will define the target level of accessibility across all of the client’s system and provide a model for prioritizing the standards in the real world. SSB will provide recommendations to the client about the priority of accessibility requirements in the context of these real world web sites and applications. Such standards will allow for a reduction in the scope of the accessibility requirements the client must implement by about 50% drastically decreasing real world implementation costs.
As part of Standards Development activities, SSB can customize accessibility best practices to provide client developers with the following: a description of the accessibility issues, a description of Media Types and sub-domains (e.g. web, Flash, PDF), a non-compliant source code example, a compliant source code example, a recommended approach and options for addressing the issue, unit tests allowing for validation of the issue, and sourcing public standards associated with the best practice set.