Let us help you to comply with the Web Accessibility Directive
September 23, 2019 is the day when new public sector websites have to comply with the accessibility regulations of the EU Web Accessibility Directive, Funka has developed new products and services that provide support to all our clients who need support leading up to the Accessibility Statement, whether it is an audit, user testing, proposed remediation or legal recommendations.
We test your interfaces based on the same logic as the directive requires from monitoring. Together with a group of experts, Funka's Susanna Laurin has supported the European Commission and member states in developing the monitoring methodology for the directive. This means that our consultants know exactly what needs to be done and that you can feel completely confident with the results.
To publish an accessibility statement, you need to know the status of your interfaces. We can help you through various types of audits, all of which have in common that you can use them as a basis when you declare the accessibility level for the interface. Depending on how much you already know, we can adapt the effort to meet your needs.
Our certified accessibility experts provide support on how the directive should be interpreted and help you formulate a clear statement that helps both end users and the monitoring body if your country.
The monitoring methodology of the Web Accessibility Directive
The method that all member states must use to verify compliance with the law consists of two different parts: simplified and in-depth monitoring.
The simplified audit focuses on non-compliance and will be implemented on a larger number of interfaces. The aim is to find deviations from the requirements that need to be corrected and the results of the simplified audit only show that something is not accessible.
By using the simplified method, we give you a quick overview of the interface’s status. We perform spot-checking with samples of requirements that cover all four principles in WCAG and all target groups covered by the directive. The simplified audit gives you an overview of how large or small accessibility problems the site has, which helps you prioritize and plan your work.
If you want a quick sample to check the quality of a vendor's work, if you need a clue as to your current status, or get a basis for budgeting to work with accessibility in the future, the simplified audit is a good choice.
Please note that Funka's audits are carried out manually by experts with and without disabilities. There are no automatic tools that can examine various steps in dynamic services and the like, which is required in the monitoring methodology.
The in-depth audit focuses on ensuring that all requirements are met and will be implemented on a smaller number of interfaces. The aim is to ensure that something is accessible according to the directive.
Using the in-depth auditing methodology, we give you a detailed and comprehensive picture of how far your website is from complying with the directive. The results of the audit can be published directly on the website as a detailed report together with your accessibility statement.
You can also choose to let us support you in developing your accessibility statement, manage end-user feedback and advise on or deliver alternative formats.
If you want to make sure that you are complying with the regulations, if you need an independent check on how accessible your website is and at the same time get the information needed for your accessibility statement, the in-depth audit is the product for you. Funka's well-known quality work means that all success criteria are checked by two independent experts and tested with different types of assistive technology.
Both of these levels of scrutiny are about the requirements of the directive. But as our clients already know, the EN standard / WCAG is not enough for all people to be able to use the interface. Therefore, we also offer a more comprehensive audit in order to really test how the interface works for end users with different needs, based on our extensive collaboration with the disabled persons organisations, our scientific research and our long experience.
If you want to comply with the law but also make sure that all users regardless of ability can access information and perform services on your website, the comprehensive audit is the obvious choice.