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WCAG and Section 508 Compliance

Ensure your online forms are accessible to all Internet users.

Section 508 Compliance

Formstack is committed to complying with the government standards for Section 508 compliance, and we strive to meet the needs of all users, regardless of disability status. To help you create Section 508 compliant forms for your websites, blogs, and social media, our form builder warns you if you're attempting to include features that are not supported by assistive technology.

What is 508 compliance?

Section 508 compliance is a law that breaks down barriers and provides new opportunities for Internet users. Compliance standards are set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and require federal agencies to provide software and website accessibility to people with disabilities. This means that websites and software need to be compatible with assistive technology, such as screen readers.

Who needs to be Section 508 compliant?

All federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding are required to be Section 508 compliant.

This includes:

  • Government Agencies
  • Public Higher Education
  • Public K-12 Schools
  • Nonprofit Organizations

WCAG Compliance

Formstack is also dedicated to complying with the WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Formstack was reviewed by a 3rd party vendor and is compliant to Level AA of WCAG 2.0.

What is WCAG compliance?

WCAG 2.0 is an updated version of Section 508 compliance. In addition to the regulations set out by Section 508, WCAG compliance includes guidelines at an international level. The goal of WCAG is to provide a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.

Who needs to be WCAG compliant?

In addition to federal and state institutions, many international organizations are required to comply with WCAG 2.0 compliance.

This includes:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions

Voluntary Product Acessibility Template (VPAT)

Many large companies voluntarily choose to follow WCAG and Section 508 compliance guidelines. If you are part of a federal-funded industry, an international organization, or if your company has adopted these internal regulations, you must provide equal accessibility to users with disabilities.

Review our VPAT here.

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