Accessibility is part of the inclusive thought process that touches the lives of people with different abilities by enabling them to have better access to the resources around us, narrowing differences and enabling a talent pool that is waiting to make their impact on society.
There are many users with disabilities as:
Prakat’s Accessibility Assurance service offerings validate software applications and products for ease of use to benefit users with disabilities, which means equal opportunity for all users. Prakat facilitates Enablement of applications and products to integrate with assistive technologies in compliance with the Accessibility standards and laws laid down by the W3C Accessibility group and US Federal Regulations.
Business values of Accessibility testing include:
•Ensuring products are inclusive by making the product accessible to all users including people with different abilities.
•By incorporating Accessibility and being inclusive, businesses stand to gain by adding new customers to their existing customer base.
•Helping organizations support a compliance program and ensuring that the technology offerings are accessible to diverse employee workforces and user constituencies including people with disabilities, aging populations, novices and multi-lingual populations. This also reflects that the organization is a socially conscious business and gives back to society.
Prakat’s Accessibility Assurance Service Offerings include the following services:
Accessibility Audit, Design, Verification and Validation
•Audit an existing software application or product or website to check compliance with government guidelines.
•Design guidelines for new software applications and products to implement Accessibility best practices.
•Web Accessibility Compliance Testing.
•Assistive Technology Testing.
•Accessibility test execution team will also comprise of members with different abilities who are potential business users.
Center of Excellence for Accessibility (ACoE)
A unified approach to Accessibility testing at the enterprise level through:
•Sharing of resources (human and assets) under an Accessibility assurance organization leading to shared cost benefits.
•Standardization of processes, methods, and practices.
•Accessibility Assurance Project Management office (AMO)
•Set-up a central Accessibility Enablement Lab.
•Governance to establish policies, manage standards and compliances.
•Identifying continuous process improvement opportunities to, reduce cost, improve time to market.
Continuous Accessibility Certification:
The Continuous Accessibility Certification (CAC) Framework is an automated platform that integrates tests for accessibility compliance, accessibility functional tests and accessibility unit tests. The 3 tier approach is an end to end test framework which shifts test leftwards; this enables accessibility issues to be detected early on in the lifecycle.
Unit Automation Suite: Certifies that a unit is accessible in the dev environment, this gives the developer an instant report sheet if the build is good or need to fix accessibility issue.
Compliance Test Suite: The application is verified against standard compliance guidelines this ensures that a page/screen is compliant to respective guidelines. The verification is done at an UI component level after the units are integrated and is in the test environment.
Accessibility Functional Test Suite: Integrate into the Automation Framework, to assure accessibility at a functional workflow level when the whole system is integrated. This phase is also tested in a test environment.