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Hi JL, 508 compliance is the standard required of any organization that receives federal funding. It is the toughest standard I know about for ADA compliance. There are several free 508 compliance checkers out there and using this as your standard for design/build projects gives you a lot of extra SEO value as well. If Screen Readers can make sense of your page it will be easier for Google too ;0)
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We recently completed a site with 508 compliance specifications. www.chugachgov.com. We put our staff through training and then used this site as our first real test of capabilities. The site is awesome, works perfectly, meets all the client expectations and is 508 compliant. The lesson we learned is that its critically important to select the right tool to measure the site's compliance with ADA levels. Some of the tools have standards that are way above ADA requirements and certain elements on your site can be flagged as "out of compliance" even though it is above ADA requirements. If anyone wants to talk with our development team and share ideas, or if you are interested in contracting with us to build this portion of your site out, feel free to call at 907-569-7070 or email at email@example.com.