ERG is committed to providing our electronic data and information technology services in a way that everyone can access and use. In accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the 1998 Workforce Investment Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), we strive to provide comparable access to people with disabilities as to those without.
Section 508 requires that the federal government develop, procure, maintain, and use electronic and information technology that is accessible to people with disabilities, unless providing such access poses an undue burden. ERG understands this need. As described in our corporate Quality Management Program, ERG’s goal is to develop information technology products and services that comply with Section 508 objectives. Our project planning process includes a Section 508 compliance check for all relevant deliverables. When Section 508 needs exist, we develop a detailed plan to address these requirements.
As part of our standard process for software development projects, we adhere to all World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) policies regarding Section 508. ERG web development is guided by the four main principles underlying W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1:
- Principle 1: Perceivable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
- Principle 2: Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable.
- Principle 3: Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
- Principle 4: Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
To this end, our products and services are designed to meet or exceed the Section 508 standards.
For ERG, Section 508 isn’t just something we’re required to do, it’s the right thing to do!
We welcome ideas or comments to continuously improve the accessibility and usability of our web products. If you have any questions regarding our accessibility capabilities, please email us. Include the web address, if relevant, and your contact information.