Digital Accessibility

Accessible EPUB and PDF for Section 508 (ADA) and WCAG 2.0 Compliance

The accessibility requirements of Section 508 (ADA) mandates compliance by all Federal agencies to ensure those with disabilities have equal access to government information. By extension, this affects the content expected from publishers, academic libraries, and, other organizations responsible for putting information supported by government funding into the public domain.

Apex helps you create born accessible digital content, and our team of experts can help you remediate PDF and Accessible EPUB to meet Section 508 (ADA) requirements and WCAG 2.0 Compliance.

Content Inputs

Print collections

Books & manuscripts

Video, photo, audio

Journals & magazines

Deliverables

XML (METS/ALTO, TEI, NLM, JATS, BITS)

HTML/HTML5/xHTML

Accessible PDF

Accessible (EPUB)

Section 508 (ADA) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

In 2018, the U.S. government update to Section 508 (ADA) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 went into effect. The update refreshed guidelines impacted web content and digital files such as PDF. The Section 508 (ADA) refresh aligned guidelines and standards in the U.S. with those issued by the European Commission (European Accessibility Act) and the World Wide Web Consortium (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 [WCAG 2.1]).

Section 508 (ADA) mandates compliance by all Federal agencies to ensure those with disabilities have equal access to government information.

The Impact

The accessibility requirements by extension affected the content expected from publishers, academic libraries, and, other organizations responsible for putting information supported by government funding into the public domain.

  • In 2019, ADA Title III Lawsuits exceeded 11,000 cases, an increase of almost 9% over 2018
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 61 million people, or 25% of the adult American population, live with a disability. This group has an estimated annual disposable income of over $645 Billion
  • Accessibility creates New Revenue Streams, ROI, and enhanced SEO
  • Apex can eliminate your company’s exposure by creating and converting all content to be Section 508 (ADA) Compliant

Markets Apex Serves

Publishing – Create new Revenue Streams by making all content Accessible, augmenting SEO

Government – Mandates are current – Section 508 (ADA)

Financial and Insurance – Financial Disclosure Forms, Proxy Statements, SAR’s, AR’s, Policies

Libraries and Museums – Accessibility is crucial to make content available to Everyone

Corporate Governance and Compliance – Make content Accessible to Internal and External Stakeholders

University Presses – Provide the end-to-end customized services university presses need

Accessibility – Section 508 (ADA) Compliance

Apex holds a Benetech Global Certified Accessible™ (GCA) Certification.

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Why Apex

Accessibility Expertise –

In 2019, Apex earned a Benetech Global Certified Accessible™ (GCA) Certification. Apex has active projects providing alt-text for publishers, libraries, government institutions, and higher education institutions around the world. Apex has created hundreds of thousands of descriptions for corporations and academic publishers around the world. We have extensive expertise in building accessible EPUB and PDF files in accordance with Section 508 (ADA) Compliance, WCAG 2.0, IDPF, and other accessibility guidelines.

In 2018, the U.S. government update to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 went into effect. The updated refreshed guidelines impacted web content and digital files such as PDF. Section 508 refresh aligned guidelines and standards in the U.S. with those issued by the European Commission (European Accessibility Act) and the World Wide Web Consortium (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 [WCAG 2.1]).

Section 508 mandates compliance by all Federal agencies to ensure those with disabilities have equal access to government information. The accessibility requirements by extension affected the content expected from publishers, academic libraries, and, other organizations responsible for putting information supported by government funding into the public domain.

  • In 2019, ADA Title III Lawsuits exceeded 11,000 cases, an increase of almost 9% over 2018
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 61 million people, or 25% of the adult American population, live with a disability. This group has an estimated annual disposable income of over $645 Billion
  • Accessibility creates New Revenue Streams and ROI
  • Apex can eliminate your companies exposure by creating and converting all content to be Section 508 (ADA) Compliant

 

The Apex Differentiator

Apex has 32 Years of professional expertise and agility to manage any large-scale content project from start to finish, producing high-quality digital output the first time, every time.

3-Tiered Quality Controls

Apex’s unique workflow and process controls include three basic levels of quality assurance.

 

Content is checked through each step of the workflow for cleanliness.

 

 

Each workflow step itself is also evaluated to ensure it is performing exactly as designed.

 

 

The final content is a random-sample tested by an independent team ensuring a perfect product.

 

 

Human Touch

The best results are achieved by optimally balancing the processing power of the computer with the cognitive power of the human mind™. Apex systems apply human intervention at strategic points throughout the transformation process to ensure the highest quality without sacrificing speed.

 

Find Your “Right Shore” Model

Financial Publishers benefit from the ability to mix onshore and offshore resources to best fit their unique requirements. Headquartered in Miami Beach, FL. Apex has eight facilities across the U.S. and India to manage and scale according to your needs.

 

To learn more please contact Patrick J. Sullivan at psullivan@apexcovantage.com