Deque Systems, Inc.
Webinar Recording from July 17, 2018: Introduction to Accessibility Testing and Monitoring
Deque Innovative Software Tools, Training and Services to Build your Campus Accessibility Program
NERCOMP members can now utilize the NERCOMP/Deque Systems Master Service Agreement, putting world-class accessibility testing tools, services and training within reach. Deque believes that websites, mobile applications, and digital content should be accessible to people with disabilities – and we’re passionate about creating technology that can make that vision a reality. Members can pursue Section 508 compliance, WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, or work to meet OCR requirements utilizing these accessibility testing tools, annual license agreements and special EDU bundles made available at highly reduced rates.
Deque has worked with various Universities (public and private) and Colleges to ensure digital accessibility. We have developed the most innovative testing tools that are specific to various roles across (often decentralized) campuses.
Our experience with Ed Tech and Ed Publishing companies has also helped to understand the Higher Ed environments both from a technical and user-friendly perspective.
Deque has an employee base of both subject matter experts and technical developers that have come from various University environments bringing a great understanding of the challenges and strengths that exist on today’s campuses.
Our automated testing tools and training curriculum (EDU Package) has been adopted by large Universities such as University of Texas, University of Michigan and Rutgers University.
Deque Systems, Inc. (Deque, pronounced “dee-cue”), located in Herndon, Virginia, is a minority- and woman-owned small business founded in 1999 with the vision of ensuring that digital information, including web sites, web-based applications, mobile applications and digital content, is accessible to people with disabilities. Deque also provides web and mobile development and consulting services to clients who desire to implement emerging technologies with an eye towards ensuring accessibility. Our passion for accessibility is demonstrated by the fact that we have been working with the US Section 508 Committee since 2000 and with the international World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) since 2001.
Deque’s unique approach lies in our ability to provide accessibility solutions that blend our extensive experience and knowledge with our best in class tools. This blended approach to accessibility ensures that organizations have the organizational knowledge, workflow and best practices necessary to deploy accessible digital solutions over time, as well as the toolset that will facilitate the remediation of large and complex websites and web-based solutions and ensure continued compliance going forward. No other company shares our strong reputation of market-tested, industry-proven practices or a record of effective delivery for meeting the full breadth of accessibility business needs including testing, analysis, remediation services, training and support.
Today, Deque has a staff of more than 125., Every team member – some of whom have been with the company since it was founded in 1999 – is passionate about the importance of accessibility in the digital world and helping customers achieve the outcomes that accessibility provides. Additionally, our corporation is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. Having visually impaired employees as part of our accessibility assessment team takes our knowledge of web accessibility issues out of the intellectual realm and makes it personal.
Unlike larger firms which attempt to cover the entire information technology landscape, since its founding, Deque’s sole focus has been to make the digital world accessible to people with disabilities.
Deque has been involved with the international World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) since 2001. As a member of the W3C, Deque has contributing members to many web standards including the XHTML/HTML, XML, XSLT, CSS, WAI WCAG, WAI Education & Outreach, Mobile Web, Efficient XML Interchange, HTTP, Multimodal Interaction, Privacy & P3P, Security, Web Protocols and Formats, Web Services, and XForms working groups. Consequently, we have contributed significantly to the development of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Deque also has been working with the Section 508 Committee since 2000 and consequently we had already built into our WorldSpace products support for the Section 508 recommendations presented by the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC) to the Access Board in April 2008. Our on-going involvement with these bodies ensures that we continually are adding functionality to our toolset and expanding our processes in anticipation of soon to be released standards and guidelines.
As a result, our success has helped organizations achieve and then sustain accessibility, and we have become the accessibility partner that multiple advocacy groups have recommended to entities who have made accessibility a priority, either through a proactive approach or in response to a legal action from the DOJ or Dept of Ed – OCR. These customers have found our WorldSpace products to be a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use tool which provides tremendous efficiencies in remediating web assets while also measuring progress toward complete compliance.
Deque Accessibility testing approach
The elements of this “shift-left” philosophy and approach to accessibility on Campus include:
- Testing early and often with our WorldSpace Attest and Assure tools
- Online, on-demand, bite-sized training with our Deque University
- Validation with a centralized accessibility team
- Monitoring with our WorldSpace Comply tool
- aXe – our open source, free, accessibility rule-engine that can be used by UNC-CH to not only ensure their content is accessible but can also be used to train students by including it in the Computer Science curriculum and courses. Additionally, UNC-CH can suggest the use of aXe to its vendors, ensuring more accessible services from third parties/vendors.
NERCOMP negotiates the best prices and terms possible for its members and works with outside legal counsel to facilitate the arrangements between NERCOMP and the vendors. Outside counsel conducts an initial legal review of licenses and agreements on behalf of NERCOMP but does not provide an individualized review on behalf of any particular member institution.
Each member institution signs its agreements or purchase orders with vendors individually and the institution itself is liable for the rights and obligations therein. Members are strongly encouraged to have their agreements reviewed internally by their own counsel. Note that in addition to the agreement posted on the NERCOMP website, additional terms or conditions may be incorporated by reference within the agreements.
In addition, NERCOMP often negotiates separate agreements with vendors governing NERCOMP’s own relationship to the vendor. Although NERCOMP members are not parties to these agreements, NERCOMP will make copies of available to any member for review, upon request.
Ananda Jones – On behalf of NERCOMP V&L