Recovery.gov is routinely tested for compliance with
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. For more information on Section
508, visit www.section508.gov.
Prior to the launch of Recovery.gov 2.0, one-on-one sessions were
conducted with perception- and motor-impaired participants to identify
and correct any accessibility barriers. These usability sessions are
conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure that all changes made
to Recovery.gov 2.0 are 508 compliant. The site is also reviewed on a
monthly basis using Watchfire WebXM to identify instances that fail to
meet one or more of Section 508's 16 compliance standards. PDF files
are reviewed manually to ensure they meet the same standards. For
information on making Adobe PDFs accessible, visit www.adobe.com/accessibility.
To help visually impaired users more easily distinguish
content, contrast and color schemes are tested regularly using tools
such as http://colorfilter.wickline.org/ and http://juicystudio.com/services/luminositycontrastratio.php. For
blind users, the site is evaluated on a monthly basis using Jaws to
check the accuracy and quality of the content and navigation.
Techniques, such as providing methods for skipping repetitive navigation
and avoiding non-distinct link labels, in addition to proper header
tags, alternate text and table headers, have been implemented
throughout the site and are reviewed frequently.
In addition, the following have been incorporated throughout the site:
- Text equivalents provided for non-text elements
- Closed captioning available for multimedia presentations
- Text versions supplied for flash maps
- Colored information made available without color
- Documents can be read without a style sheet
- Data table rows and column headers are identified as data tables
- Scope attributes are assigned to associate data cells and header
cells for data tables with two or more logical levels of rows or column
- Frames are titled with text
- Design avoids screen flicker with a frequency greater than 2 HZ and lower than 55 Hz.
- Text only versions of data provided where needed to comply with Section 508 standards
- Information provided by scripting languages is identified with text that can be read by assistive technology
- Links are provided to required plug-ins
- Forms are formatted to work with assistive technology to access the
information, field elements, and functionality required to complete and
Contact Us if you have any difficult accessing information on Recovery.gov.