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Website Accessibility Audit

Help The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham assess how accessible their website is to users with disabilities and identify next steps towards a website that will be accessible to all.
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Posted January 9th

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Website Accessibility Audit

Project Details

What We Need
  • A list of the common issues along with the prioritization of both severity and impact of the accessibility issues found
  • List of areas that do not meet the Section 508, ADA, WCAG 2.0 guidelines
  • Specific recommendations to improve product accessibility their priority level (low, medium, and high priority)
  • Estimated time needed to fix current compliance issues
Additional Details

My organization is interested in not only meeting AA compliance requirements but creating the most accessible online experience for those with disabilities using current online tools and features specifically designed for website accessibility.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a Wordpress website, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a staff member assigned to working with you, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $4,212 , allowing us to pay our Direct Service Professionals, who work daily with adults with disabilities in our program, the hourly wage they deserve for their time and efforts.

As a lead service provider for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our area, it's important that our online presence is as accessible as possible. We also want to act as an example of how all online entities should craft their websites to best accommodate those with disabilities. By helping us think through website accessibility, we can better support families, caretakers, and individuals in the I/DD community in our area.

Project Plan

Prep: Project Goals, Timeline & Process Established
  • Volunteer Manager provides overview of current website and any past analysis, as well as goals around the level of accessibility compliance they need to achieve
  • Professional explains their accessibility evaluation process and what the audit will entail
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager outline next steps and timeline for the project
  • Volunteer Manager walks Professional through the website, and they determine whether they should audit the full site in the time provided or focus on key page templates and a sampling of content types
Milestone 1: Website Audited
  • Professional performs both a manual and automated audit of the identified areas of the site against Section 508, WCAG 2.0, and ADA accessibility guidelines
  • Professional determines the severity and impact of any issues that are discovered
  • Professional creates a report including a high-level summary of the findings, the status of any pages included in the audit, and a detailed list of the discovered issues and their severity
Milestone 2: Audit Reviewed
  • Volunteer Manager reviews draft of audit report and provides feedback to the Professional
Milestone 3: Finalized Audit Report is Delivered to the Organization
  • Professional delivers final report for the Organization, which includes prioritized recommendations to remediate issues uncovered and achieve the targeted level of accessibility compliance
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About The Org

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Jenna B.

Director of Communications

Our Mission

To promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

What We Do

The Arc is a one-stop shop for Information & Referral about Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and available supports such as navigating state and federal waiver systems, future planning for elderly caregivers, and employment opportunities for those in the I/DD community.

The Arc is a resource and advocate for individuals and families on the local level in regard to education (e.g. IEP process and inclusion) competitive employment and integrated housing, and other areas in which they experience difficulty because of their disabilities. We advocate at the General Assembly to ensure access to truly integrated community-bases services and quality of life and inclusion for all persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The Simon-Edmonson Day Support Program works with individuals with I/DD on Person-Centered Plan skill builders and outcomes to equip them with practical skills that will increase their independence.

Community Engagement facilitates the engagement and inclusion of persons with I/DD in community life and offers a wide variety of opportunities to build relationships and natural supports in the community while using it as a learning environment and employing volunteerism as preparation for employment.

SUPPORTIVE IN-HOME SERVICES provide Person-Centered Plan goals and outcomes for persons with I/DD in the individual's own home to improve their ability to attend activities that help them maintain or increase their level of independence; and to provide assistance with appointments or activities outside the home.

RESPITE CARE provides parents or guardians who have a person with I/DD living in the home with time and space to attend to their own needs and to ensure that the individual is safe, engaged in activities of his/her choosing and has access to community activities.

TEEN/ADULT CANTEENS provide recreational programs such as dances and game nights in collaboration with Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation for people with I/DD.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS encompass a wide array of I/DD-related topics for families.

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