FITA’s accessibility certification services include support for strategic planning for product accessibility, competitive technical assessments, design and development support, and expert accessibility testing for conformance with mandated Accessibility Standards including Section 508 and WCAG 2.0. Additional value services include the creation and verification of VPAT documents and an accessibility monitoring service.
Although FITA is free to assess any one product or service upon its own initiative, material can be also submitted for appraisal directly by service providers as part of their quality control process. The resulting internal report will contain guidelines and suggestions as to where improvements can be implemented and how.
More specifically, our service provides assistance in ensuring compliance with the legal obligations enforced by the Equal Opportunities Act (Persons with Disability). It is now common knowledge that the ease of use and clarity demanded by persons with disability, very often benefits all members of society and makes for a better and more popular service or product.
Through research and dynamic initiatives, the local knowledge base of Rehabilitative/Assistive Technology can be reinforced and expanded upon, for the benefit of society. FITA advocates this vision and acts as catalyst to make it become a reality
FITA reviews main service providers’ websites, including government ministries, newspapers, banks, corporate entities and internet portals. If you wish to verify whether your website incorporates basic accessibility criteria you may download the FITA Web Accessibility Guidelines. The FITA audit checklist can also serve as a quick reference. Websites and online services which apply for certification and fulfill accessibility criteria, may display the relevant FITA approved logo, and have their website included in the register of vetted websites. This certification is valid for a period of one year from the date of the evaluation report.
You may wish to refer to the FITA Audits Register for examples of how to correctly implement accessibility criteria.
FITA provides accessibility consultancy on varied ICT projects developed by third party business organisations. In order to help out with preliminary checks, we compiled a set of general guidelines on how to make information accessible.
- The Malta Equal Opportunities Act (Persons with Disability) of 2000
- The web accessibility guidelines endorsed and applied by FITA for Maltese government websites are the following
- FITA Web Accessibility Guidelines
- FITA Quick Accessibility Audit checklist
- Making printed information accessible
- The EU Web Accessibility Directive (December 2016)
W3C approved tools
- Accessibility Bookmarklets : Provides visualizations of accessibility features of web pages like headings, landmarks, images, links and form controls. Provides computed information on the role, accessible name and accessible descriptions for accessible elements that are visualized. http://accessibility-bookmarklets.org/, Version: 1.0, Released: 2015-Oct-01
- Accessibility colour wheel: A tool that helps in the choice of a color pair (text/background) to use in a web page. It simulates three kinds of color blindness and it shows the result of W3C algorithms that reveal if the colors are accessible http://gmazzocato.altervista.org/colorwheel/wheel.php, Version: 2.5, Released: 2013-Apr-27
- Elsevier Accessibility Checklist: Provides an easy way to explore the most relevant guidelines using a simplified language framework and easy to explore user interface. Users can filter guidelines by topic such as images, keyboard, and forms. Users can also filter by standard levels such as A, AA, or AAA. http://romeo.elsevier.com/accessibility_checklist, Released: 2015-Mar-20
- Google Accessibility Tips: Adds an Accessibility audit, and an Accessibility sidebar pane in the Elements tab, to your Chrome Developer Tools.
– 17 audit rules; most documented at http://goo.gl/L7gCXu
– Sidebar pane in Elements tab provides extra debugging information, for example color contrast values and color suggestions, missing required ARIA attributes, reason for lack of visibility, accessible name calculation information, etc. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/accessibility-developer-t/fpkknkljclfencbdbgkenhalefipecmb?hl=en, Version: 2.9.2, Released: 2014-Jun-25
- Accessibility Viewer: An inspection tool for Windows that displays the accessibility API information (MSAA, IAccessible2, UI Automation, ARIA, HTML DOM) exposed by web browsers to the operating system, and thus to any assistive technology (AT) such as screenreaders. http://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/aviewer, Released: 2015-Apr-07
- 508checker.com: Check a webpage for 508 compliance and learn more about how to become 508 compliant across your entire organization http://www.508checker.com, Version: 1.4, Released: 2014-Jun-01
- A-Tester: Checks the pre-enhanced version of a web page designed with progressive enhancement against Evaluera’s “WCAG 2.0 Level-AA conformance statements for HTML5 foundation markup” making a report that can serve as a broad and easily confirmed WCAG 2.0 Level-AA claim, even for enhanced versions. http://www.evaluera.co.uk, Released: 2014-May-28
- Access Monitor: Used by the Portuguese Public Administration. Anyone can get a free report of a Web page. The public agencies can create a sample of pages of a website to monitor – they also can monitor the new pages entered. The system have a dynamic logo that summarizes the results based on the sample.http://www.acessibilidade.gov.pt/accessmonitor/, Version: 1.0, Released: 2011-Feb-02
- Forapp: An online service that automatically checks the accessibility of mobile applications. The inspection results can be downloaded in PDF format. You can check the accessibility inspection results for each mobile equipment and app version in each menu screen. http://www.forapp.org, Released: 2015-Apr-13