In the technology industry, products and their capabilities are changing and improving daily. abilityJOBS understands that, while the improvement of product functionality is significant in enhancing efficiency for users of the respective products, there is an equally significant and corresponding need to ensure the functionality is readily available to all users. Our effort to achieve product accessibility for all begins with diligent research of evolving accessibility capabilities and continues with the development and incorporation of these capabilities into our functions across our product line.
For Our US Customers – Compliance with Section 508, WCAG, and ADA
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d) requires federal agencies to procure technology products that are the most readily accessible. To assist agencies in making this determination, abilityJOBS, and our online career fair partner ABILITY Job Fair, highlight accessibility for our various products. These platforms are designed to provide our customers a thorough breakdown of platform compliance so they may evaluate and select the products that best meet their accessibility needs.
In 2017, the US Access Board published a rule on requirements for information and communication technology covered under Section 508. These requirements include incorporating the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 by reference and applying Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements (“WCAG 2.0 A & AA”) to websites, as well as to non-web electronic documents and software.
While the United States Department of Justice has affirmed the position that the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) also applies to websites and web-based applications, it has declined to adopt a uniform legal accessibility standard. This lack of clarity has fostered the emergence of WCAG 2.0 A & AA requirements as the de facto standard for state and local government and commercial entity accessibility compliance under Titles II and III of the ADA. Our platforms are therefore updated at each product release to provide the most accurate and up to date information for all of our US government, state and local government, and commercial customers. We continue to assessment of our various products and assigned areas of priority for further accessibility improvement.